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Doctor insights on: Cost Of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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I need to know what is uterine fibroid embolization?

I need to know what is uterine fibroid embolization?

Fibroids are: Obliterated by injecting micro particles thru blood vessels which cut the blood supply. Typically this is performed by vascular interventional radiologists. Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. 1 of every 3 women of child-bearing age have these tumors and up to 80% of african-american women have fibroids. They are often asymptomatic but they can also cause significant symptoms. It is the most common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Pelvic pain and increased urinary frequency ...Read more


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What is uterine fibroid embolization? How do you treat it?

What is uterine fibroid embolization? How do you treat it?

A procedure: Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure that is used to treat fibroids of the uterus. It involves blocking off the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. IT is one option for people with symptomatic fibroids. The risks and benefits of this procedure should be discussed with a gynecologist. along with alternatives and the procedure itself discussed with an interventional radiologist Read more

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Is it rare for women to have a uterine fibroid embolization?

No: It is very common for patients to have a uterine fibroid embolization. In fact, it is now part of the treatment algorithm for a fibroid uterus according to the american society of ob/gyn. It is very effective for fibroid disease. Read more

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I recently got a uterine fibroid embolization. What do I do next?

I recently got a uterine fibroid embolization. What do I do next?

Depends: We see every patient at 3 months post procedure and check for significant improvement/resolution of symptoms and obtain MRI with contrast to insure all fibroids dead. This is the case 90% of the time and if so patient can resume yearly visits for routine screening with her physician. If symptoms remain at 3 months determine why and MRI tells you (ex. Fibroid not completely dead) so you can fix it. Read more

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What are the pros and cons of having a uterine fibroid embolization?

What are the pros and cons of having a uterine fibroid embolization?

More good than bad.: Con: you still have a uterus. Therefore there is a small recurrence rate.

Pros:
Shorter recovery time
No surgical incisions
Highly effective when there is good patient selection
Less complications
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Please help! What is the real low down on uterine fibroid embolization?

A great procedure: Ufe is a wonderful procedure for most women with symptomatic uterine fibroids. There has been some discussion about pregnancy and ufe. Ufe is not contraindicated in women who desire pregnancy. There have been multiple studies where women actually improve pregnancy rates but it is not meant simply to make it easier. There is some evidence of increased c-section rates with patients post ufe. Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the uterine fibroid embolization?

Probably a referral: To have an arterial embolization, it would be beneficial to the radiologist to have a referral, a history and physical exam by the referring physician, records including a previous MRI or ultrasound, and any information that might help the radiologis, like amount of bleeding, allergies. Read more

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Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Does uterine fibroid embolization affect fertility?

Yes!: These procedures should only be performed for women who are done having kids or are sure they don't want kids in the future. Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) and uterine artery embolization (uae) block off blood vessels that supply fibroids - fibroids shrink but don't go away 100%. Some of the vessel-blocking material reduces blood flow to your ovaries, lowering egg supply (ovarian reserve). Read more

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What are the long term side effects of having uterine fibroid embolization?

Minimal: Some women will experience menopausal symptoms after uae. This is very unusual in women under 40. Women 45 and older have at least a 15-25% chance of never having a period again after uae - which is almost always a welcome effect. Other long-term complications are very rare. The particles do not migrate or cause any long-term reactions. Read more

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Hysterectomy side effects compared with uterine fibroid embolization?

Higher risk w surger: The risk of significant complications of any major abdominal surgery is generally considered to be between 5-10%. The risk of major complications of uae/ufe is below 3%. Embolization also has a faster recovery than surgery. Read more

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Hysterectomy side effects- is it possible to get uterine fibroid embolization?

Hysterectomy side effects- is it possible to get uterine fibroid embolization?

Yes: Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) allows a woman to not only avoid all of surgical risks associated with hysterectomy but also risks of what happens to these women without their uterus. Having a hysterectomy particularly before age 50 and despite leaving in the ovaries increases their risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. It also affects many women psychologically & sexually. Ufe avoids this. Read more

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I had a uterine fibroid embolization last month and now I have a problem. Who should I talk to?

I had a uterine fibroid embolization last month and now I have a problem. Who should I talk to?

Radiologist: Presuming that your procedure was performed by an interventional radiologist, he/she should be the physician to diagnose and potentially treat the problem. Read more

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Can I get pregnant after doing uterine fibroid embolization?

Can I get pregnant after doing uterine fibroid embolization?

Pregnancy UAE: Yes, you can get pregnant. Current recommendations are you should not have uae if you want to become pregnant. Several trials have show a slight increase in miscarriages and low birth weight infants. Read more

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Anyone had the 'uterine fibroid embolization' procedure done before getting pregnant?

Yes: There are many women who have had successful pregnancies after uae. The data is relatively weak, but seems to indicate that fertility after embolization is similar to fertility after multiple myomectomy. A patient needs to discuss the details of her individual situation with her doctors before deciding on a therapy. Read more

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Is the uterine fibroid embolization treatment available for the uninsured or low income?

Is the uterine fibroid embolization treatment available for the uninsured or low income?

Maybe: Many practices and hospitals have programs to assist people with limited insurance resources either get insurance or get medial care. One needs to call various practices to ask about this specific issue. Read more

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I previously had a uterine artery embolization/uterine fibroid embolization - can I still get this treatment?

I previously had a uterine artery embolization/uterine fibroid embolization - can I still get this treatment?

Yes, you can.: Uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) can be done more than once. A more important question is why have the fibroids become symptomatic again? I've seen fibroids come back in an individual patient after having a myomectomy and two ufe procedures. Genetics, estrogen metabolism, diet, stress, gut health, and unhealed emotional wounds all play a role. Consider working with a holistic gynecologist. Read more

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How effective and painful is a uterine embolization of the fibroids?

How effective and painful is a uterine embolization of the fibroids?

Very effective: Uterine artery embolization (uae) is a very effective, non-surgical, outpatient procedure to treat symptoms from fibroids. Typical recovery 4-5 days (out of work 1week). A small percentage of patients have a rough go with pain, most find it manageable with oral meds. Most important to find an experienced ir with uae and one that has a specific pain regimen in place. Read more

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Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Do large uterine fibroids (22 cm) shrink after menopause and how much, if they do? I am a 50 yr old caucasion. I was thinking of waiting until menopause and lettingt it shrink. It isn't causing any problems other than bulk related which I can handle. My d

Leiomyomas: Leiomyomas of the uterus (fibroids) sometimes shrink after menopause, but some women have them actually enlarge. It sounds like yours are very large which concerns me. I would recommend following your doctors advice, or at least obtaining a second opinion, because it sounds like your doctor is concerned they may compress your ureters which could cause kidney damage. Please be re-evaluated or at least seek a second opinion as I am concerned by that. Read more

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Can uterine fibroids affect sex?

No: They are fibrous masses that take up space in your uterus, can cause excessive uterine bleeding, but do not affect sex. Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Fibroid (Definition)

A leiomyomata (fibroid) is a smooth muscle growth in the uterus that is rubbery, binds the female hormone estrogen and can grow to "epic" proportions causing distortion of the uterus. They cause bleeding, and burning pain (aka "fireball tumor") as ...Read more


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. It is unclear why fibroids develop, but hormones and family history may influence their formation. Approximately 70% to 80% of women aged 50 ...Read more