This new, non-invasive way to get rid of fibroids is definitely something for women to get excited about. If you’re like most women, the thought of surgery and being put under anesthesia causes you to feel nervous and worried. However, whenever a procedure does not involve surgery, it’s like a breath of fresh air and definitely something to consider. Here’s how it works: in a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure, a trained physician uses an x-ray camera called a fluoroscope to guide the delivery of small particles to the uterus and fibroids. The small particles are injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. These little particles block the arteries that provide blood flow, causing the fibroids to shrink and die.
Who performs Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
If you’re looking for an expert in uterine artery embolization in Miami, consider the medical experts at Palm Vascular Centers. We have years of experience in this procedure as well as a wide range of medical techniques that are safe, minimally invasive, effective techniques, as well as treatments for vascular diseases such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and PVD. We have performed this procedure hundreds of time and our patients’ comfort is always our number one priority. At the start of the procedure you will be given a mild sedative to relax you, you will feel no pain and not really be aware of the procedure. A local anesthetic is applied to the skin around your groin to numb it. The procedure takes about 1-2 hours and is considered to be very safe with an excellent success rate. After the procedure, you will be in recovery for a few hours so the nursing staff can monitor your vitals. You may even be released that same day if your doctor approves.
What Kind of Recovery Can I Expect from Uterine Artery Embolization?
Just because there is no surgery, doesn’t mean you aren’t going to have to take some advil for the pain. But really that’s it! You may experience some soreness and some mild cramping which is totally normal. You should be able to return to your full range of activities in about a week. Once you return home, it’s best to avoid strenuous activity until your doctor gives the okay. You should also keep hydrated, don’t take a shower for 24-hours and do not drive for 24-hours since you might still be a little woozy from the sedative. If you notice any unusual bleeding or pain, definitely give your doctor a call.
Could this procedure be right for you? If you are interested in learning more about UFE, call the medical professionals at Palm Vascular Centers in Miami today to see how we can help. Our qualified caring medical doctors and nursing staff are happy to answer your questions about this procedure and anything else you might be interested in learning about. Call us today at 305-763-8734 to make an appointment. At Palm Vascular Centers, your care and comfort are always our number one priority!