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Doctor insights on: Uterine Fibroid Embolization And Pregnancy

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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. Patricia Foster
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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

Keep your uterus !: UFE is safer, less expensive, less invasive, shorter recovery than hysterectomy and importantly you get to keep your uterus ! The uterus is not just for child bearing; it's important for women psychologically, sexually, bone health, and possibly even heart health. UFE is outpatient, go home with a bandaid. Recovery is ~5 days; out of work for 1 week. No reason to lose uterus over benign fibroids ...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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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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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?

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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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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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


Dr. John Lipman
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Uterine Fibroids (Definition)

Uterine fibroids are the most common pelvic tumor in women. They occur in 1 of every 3 women regardless of race and up to 80 % of african-american women of child bearing age. They are often asymptomatic but they can cause significant symptoms (exe. Heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency). They ...Read more