These are a group of minimally invasive procedures to treat specific gynaecological conditions that would otherwise be treated with open invasive surgery. By using these minimally invasive methods, patients can expect to recover faster, experience less pain and be discharged home to rest on the same day of procedure.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome is a chronic condition affecting women and is caused by varicose veins in the lower abdomen or pelvis.
Valves in the veins becoming weakened and do not close properly. As a result, blood begins to flow backwards and pools in the pelvic veins and also the connecting veins to the lower limbs.
This condition typically affects women ages 20-50 that have had previous pregnancies. If symptomatic, they can be treated successfully with minimally invasive procedures.
Uterine fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. It’s estimated that by the age of 35, up to 40-50% of women may have uterine fibroids. There are three basic types of uterine fibroids, classified according to their location in the uterus:
In some women, fibroids can produce mild or no symptoms at all. For others, symptoms of uterine fibroids include:
UFE is done via a groin or radial artery access puncture. A catheter is then guided using fluoroscopy to the arteries that supply the uterus and the fibroids specifically. Small particles or microspheres are then injected into the arteries supplying the fibroids, thus cutting off the blood supply to the fibroids. Post-procedure, these fibroids should start to shrink and reduce in size.
You are a good candidate for UFE if you:
You are also a candidate if you prefer a non-surgical uterine fibroid treatment option that will preserve your uterus. Make sure to discuss all options with your physician before making a decision.