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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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/. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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 ... ...Read more

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How serious is renal embolization on kidney grade 4?

Very : Embolization of kidney for stage 4 renal failure would be a serious erroe. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: endovascular embolization?

What is the definition or description of: endovascular embolization?

Blocking a vessel: Endovascular embolization refers to intentionally blocking a blood vessel with coils or plugs or some other material. It requires a specialist to do this safely. ...Read more

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What does "varicocele embolization" procedure feel like step-by-step?

Embolization: This is usually done by an interventional radiologist. Local anesthetic with some sedation. The poke hole is bsndaged once their done and you feel a warming sensation with the dye. ...Read more

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How long after a varicocele embolization will the varicocele disappear?

Vary...: The pressure and tension inside varicocele should disappear almost instantly if the procedure is successful. Its size will gradually decrease with a highly variable pace but never go away completely because its residual tissue mass is still there. But roughly, in 1-2 weeks, you should feel a drastic difference on palpation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat Varicocele with embolization, not using to coils?

Is it possible to treat Varicocele with embolization, not using to coils?

Yes: Studies show that varicocele can be treated by embolization or surgery. However, surgery has a failure rate of only about 5%, and failure of embolization can reach up to 19-20%. See: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3433543/ ...Read more

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How long does it take for a varicocele to disappear after an embolization?

Never ...: Never disappear but just collapse and shrink to obliteration if done successfully. ...Read more

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Embolization for angiomyolipoma on kidney, can you tell me more about this?

Can be done: Angiomyolipoma or AML is a fatty tumor often considered a benign disease. It can be solitary or part of a genetic complex called tuberous sclerosis and present with many deposits. It carries a risk of bleeding. Embolization or placing coils into the small arteries feeding the mass is one way to treat it. The decision may require careful evaluation of the size and location of the mass. ...Read more

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What actually happens to a varicocele after it is treated with embolization?

What actually happens to a varicocele after it is treated with embolization?

Disappears: The embolized gonadal vein occludes and is converted to a cord of scar. Collateral veins with functional valves open to drain the area, normalizing venous pressures and allowing the dilated overpressured veins to return to normal. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait before I see results of a varicocele embolization?

Here are some ...: If embolization takes its effect on varicocele, you should immediately see some, not complete, decrease in its size, feel a drastic drop in the pressure in the varicocele in standing position like in lying position, and experience less varicocele-related ache. In 3-4 months, sperm count and concentration in semen will also improve. More? Ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait before I see results of a varicocele embolization?

How long do I need to wait before I see results of a varicocele embolization?

3 months...: A complete physical disappearance after varicocele embolization may be impossible but its potential benefit to improve sperm count and motility may take place in 3 months since a cycle of sperm formation (spermatogenesis) is about 74 days. So, do semen exam in 3 months. More, ask your doctor who performed this procedure. Have you got it for oligospermia or of poor testicular growth in teenagers? ...Read more