Numerous treatment options exist for fibroids. These range from conservative to invasive. At Fairfax Vascular Center, we feel that our patients should be informed of all treatment options. Understanding what is available, the risks and benefits will enable you to make the correct choice for your own symptoms and lifestyle.
We treat fibroids with a minimally invasive procedure where a tiny nick is made in the groin area or wrist. Using a specialized X-ray, a catheter is guided through the uterine artery near the location of the fibroid. Then, embolic material (particles) is injected through the catheter blocking the blood flow to the fibroids causing them to shrink.
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The only non-surgical option treating all fibroids in one session with outcomes of patient satisfaction matching those of hysterectomy:
We are one of the largest, longest standing Interventional Radiology practices with a team of physicians dedicated to vascular and vein procedures.
Our team has been performing uterine fibroid embolization and specializing in its care since the introduction of this procedure.
We offer multiple approaches to performing the procedure both from the radial artery (wrist) and femoral artery (groin), as well as advanced pain control techniques such as a superior hypogastric nerve block. Our physicians are available 24/7 to ensure you are well taken care of from the time of consultation through your treatment and follow up.
Your physician may recommend UFE if you have fibroids and you experience abnormal menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, abdominal distention, frequent urination, constipation, bloating or painful intercourse. It is a minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy or myomectomy.
During this procedure, a tiny nick is made in the groin area or wrist. Using a specialized X-ray, a catheter is guided through the uterine artery near the location of the fibroid. Then, embolic material (particles) is injected through the catheter blocking the blood flow to the fibroids causing them to shrink.
You will be given detailed instructions by our staff before your procedure. In general, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure. This includes breath mints, gum and tobacco. Patients should notify staff if they are diabetic, taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) or allergic to anesthesia. Be sure to bring your insurance card, photo ID and list of current medications (dose and frequency).
During the procedure, your vital signs will be monitored. You will receive a sedative or anesthesia. In addition, you may be given antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as anti-nausea and pain medications. A small nick is made where the catheter will be inserted and that area will be sterilized and numbed. Using an imaging device, the catheter is guided near the fibroids. An embolic material (particles) is injected through the catheter to block the blood flow to the fibroids. The catheter is then removed, pressure is applied to the incision area and it is covered with a bandage.
You may feel a slight sting when the needle is inserted for the IV line and the anesthesia. You will feel relaxed and sleepy during the procedure. You may feel some pressure when the catheter is inserted, but will not have serious pain.
You may be on bedrest for about two to four hours after the procedure. Be sure to arrange a ride home from the procedure. You may experience heavy pelvic cramping the first 6-12 hours after UFE. You may experience intermittent pain and fatigue during the first 2-3 days after UFE. If you have small children, you should arrange to have help for the first few days. You should be back to normal activities in 7-10 days.
At Fairfax Vascular Center, we treat your fibroids using a non-surgical option and can treat all fibroids in one session. 90% of women were satisfied with their quality of life on follow up.