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Embolization (Overview)

It means stopping flow in artery. Could be done as part of treatment or could be due to disease.


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What is embolization?

What is embolization?

Clots moving: Clots, or other plaque, devices, fragments may move in arteries or veins and end up in peripheral capillaries or lungs (pulmonary embolism). There is also therapeutic embolization in which we attempt to occlude an abnormality -like avm, aneurysms etc.

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Embolization (Overview)

It means stopping flow in artery. Could be done as part of treatment or could be due to disease.


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How can embolization take place?

How can embolization take place?

What type?: Embolization is the term used when a particle travels from one part of the body to another. There are many ways this can happen, but to answer appropriately, I would need to know what type of embolization you are referring to.

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What happens during an embolization procedure?

Directed ischemia: There are a variety of techniques used to embolize a lesion. A catheter is used to select as precisely as possible the blood supply to the target. Once in place any number of materials are injected via the catheter with the goal to block as completely as possible the blood supply to the target and cause the target to infarct by loss of blood supply. This can be done under local or general anesthes.

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What is the definition or description of: embolization?

What is the definition or description of: embolization?

Stopping flow in art: It means stopping flow in artery. Could be done as part of treatment or could be due to disease.

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What is varicocel embolization?

What is varicocel embolization?

Blocking testicular: It means blocking off testicular veins so that large veins in scrotum go away.

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What are side effects from the embolization procedure?

What are side effects from the embolization procedure?

Where?: In order to answer this question accurately one would need to know what is being embolized. Risks for embolizing major arteries in the pelvis after trauma are different from embolizing fibroids in the uterus for example.

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Would having an embolization help stop endometriosis-related pain?

Would having an embolization help stop endometriosis-related pain?

Not likely!: Embolization of pelvic vessels work best for uterine hemorrhages and to shrink uterine fibroids by blocking its blood flow. Pelvic pain with endometriosis is best treated by surgical resection of the disease. With advances in robotic assisted laparoscopy, it can often be removed without the need of a hysterectomy.

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Is a vericocele embolization supposed to remove the vericocele completly? Cause its its been three months and I've seen little change

No: It causes the vein to clot but it doesn't actually remove it. It removes flow from within it.

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Just over two months ago I had an embolization procedure for my vericocele and I've seen no changes. Do I need to wait more? If so how much longer?

Just over two months ago I had an embolization procedure for my vericocele and I've seen no changes. Do I need to wait more? If so how much longer?

See physician: There is 90% success rate with radiologic guided embolization, the same results as those achieved with more invasive surgical techniques. In approximately five to 10 percent of patients the varicoceles return. This rate of varicocele recurrence is similar to the rate reported for more invasive surgical procedures. The recovery period following varicocele embolization is typically 48 to 72 hours.

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What's varicocele embolization?

Blocking flow: Varicoceles are caused when the valves that prevent backflow in the spermatic vein fail, causing the veins of the scrotum to dilate because of high pressures. Embolization destroys the spermatic vein (which cannot be repaired), allowing collateral veins with functioning valves to take over the flow and normalize the pressures.

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What is embolization of the varicocele?

Varicocele embo: Varicocele embolization is the plugging of the gonadal vein or veins causing the varicocele. Through a tiny incision, a catheter is directed into the gonadal vein, and using coils and/ or particles, the vein (s) are plugged, redirecting blood flow to other healthy pathways. Http://www. Sirweb. Org/patients/varicoceles/.

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What is a varicocele embolization?

A way to block...: Varicocele embolization is an innovative means to treat voricocele at need with injecting embolizing coil + sclerosing agent to induce proximal level at spermatic vein entering left renal vein performed by interventional radiologists, so to cause blocking spermatic vein and in time, collapsing varicocele, with a claim of improving semen quality and pregnancy rate.

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What is a varicocele embolization?

Here it is. ..: Varicocele embolization is done exactly like performing venogram of inferior vena cava to reach the opening where testicular vein drains into left renal vein or inferior vena cava on the right one, & interventional radiologist deploys coil + occluding substance so to eliminate gravitation pressure down to varicocle. The available studies claimed its outcome as favorable as micro-varicocelectomy.

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What is a varicocele embolization like?

A form of its Rx...: Varicocele is common and usually requires no rx. Occasionally, varicocele needs to be treated for its related pain or infertility. Options include open varicocelectomy by urologist or mini-invasive embolization by interventional radiologist. Today, open microscopic varicocelectomy is most commonly used and effective, and embolization for varicocele has become almost historical. Detail? Ask doc...

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What to do if I have a varicocele embolization?

Here are some. ..: You will be referred to interventional radiologist to perform the procedures through a groin puncture to femoral artery just like those for angiography study. Detail? Ask the interventional radiologist. Best wish and luck. ..

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What is the role of embolization in treatment of avms?

Not usually a cure: Most bran avm embolizations now are performed with a glue like substance injected in to the avm blood vessels through a tiny catheter (like a miniature straw) which then hardens in to a cast (onyx). This can be curative in small avms but in the majority of cases it is used as an adjunct to radiosurgery or open surgery.

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How safe is embolization for angiomyolipoma on kidney?

How safe is embolization for angiomyolipoma on kidney?

Depends on reason: Embolization is indicated for renal angiomyolipomas in the setting of bleeding from the tumors. In such cases, the procedure can be life-saving and can also help preserve kidney tissue (as opposed to taking the whole organ out). In skilled hands, it is considered to be relatively safe and necessary procedure. As with all vascular procedures, the major risk is bleeding from the site.

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Has anyone had a varicocele embolization? What can I expect?

Ask Doc...: The experience from varicocele embolization will be just like a patient receiving angiography - an arterial imaging study by interventional radiologist. However, the degree of pain/pressure may highly vary depending upon the varying complexity ; patient's tolerance/coping ability among individuals. Note: the detail of a procedure is never the same among individuals; it's fact of life.

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What can I expect in follow-up after a varicocele embolization?

What can I expect in follow-up after a varicocele embolization?

If..., then...: If done for pain, I will check patient in 6 months after the first postop visit in 5-10 days, so to check if his vricocele-related improves or disappears or not, in correlating the shrink of varicocele. If for male infertility, after immediate postop visit (s), I will repeat semen analysis in 3-4 months so to see and compare it with that before procedure, and of course, to examine if the varicocele.

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