Embolization of uterine fibroids


Uterine fibroid embolization is a medical procedure used to treat fibroids, benign tumors that grow on the wall of the uterus. This procedure involves blocking the blood vessels that supply the fibroids, thus preventing their further growth and reducing symptoms.


Candidates for uterine fibroid embolization are usually women who have fibroid-related symptoms, such as heavy periods, lower abdominal pain, or pressure on the bladder or bowel. Before the procedure, patients may undergo a gynecologist examination, ultrasound and other diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis and assess suitability for embolization.


Preparation for uterine fibroid embolization usually includes a thorough medical history review, a discussion of current medications, allergies, and previous interventions. It may also be recommended to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, before the procedure.


During the treatment, the patient lies on an examination table, and local anesthesia may be administered to numb the area around the groin. Then a thin catheter is inserted into the artery through a small incision in the skin, and under the control of x-rays, the catheter is guided to the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. Small embolization particles are then injected through the catheter to block blood flow to the fibroids.


The results of uterine fibroid embolization can vary, but many patients notice a reduction in symptoms such as pain and bleeding and an improvement in their general condition after the procedure. Fibroids usually decrease in size over time and symptoms gradually decrease.


Precautions after uterine fibroid embolization include monitoring for possible complications such as infection, bleeding, or allergic reactions. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting during recovery to prevent bleeding or other complications. Patients should follow all care instructions provided by their doctor and have regular check-ups to ensure optimal healing and to monitor the condition of the fibroids.

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