Uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) occur in 20–25% of women of childbearing age and are symptomatic in 10-20%. African-American women are at higher risk, and as many as 50% have fibroids. Symptomatic fibroids are the leading cause of hysterectomy in the United States, accounting for 1/3 of the over 600,000 hysterectomies performed in this country each year.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterineartery embolization (UAE), is a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for the management of symptomatic uterine fibroids.
This procedure, performed by interventional radiologists, is a valuable treatment option to hysterectomy or myomectomy for many women suffering with fibroids. The most common presenting symptoms are heavy bleeding, pelvic pain and/or pressure, and increased urinary frequency.
Patients are often discharged the day of the procedure, with the remainder discharged within 24 hours. This has allowed UFE to be performed in the outpatient setting. The majority of patients are able to return to normal activities in 7–10 days.
Interventional Radiology at Lawrence
Sophie Chheang, MD leads a team of Board-certified Interventional Radiologists at Lawrence / New York Presbyterian Hospital. Using real-time imaging and advanced minimally invasive techniques, interventional radiologists are able to offer patients and referring physicians a host of treatment options for a wide spectrum of diseases. The range of diseases and organs amenable to image-guided therapeutic and diagnostic procedures is extensive and constantly evolving. These include pathologies of the vascular, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, pulmonary, and musculoskeletal systems. Interventional radiology procedures include, but are not limited to, venous access, biopsies, drainages, enteric feeding tube placement and management, arteriography, venography, embolizations, stent placement, and local tumor control. Dr. Chheang has a particular interest in Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), varicose vein treatment, and solid tumor ablation.
After graduating from the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, she completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Chheang subsequently finished her Interventional Radiology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center, which included additional training at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to English, Dr. Chheang speaks Khmer and Spanish. She is Board certified with the American Board of Radiology.