Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) has been FDA-approved as a treatment for uterine fibroids since 2007 and has shown success with minimal risk and downtime, making it an ideal treatment option. Patients have the option of undergoing this minimally invasive treatment in either their doctor’s office or the hospital, depending on their preferences. Overall, uterine artery embolization provides women with safe, effective, and permanent relief from fibroid-related symptoms, without the risks and side effects of other treatments like hysterectomy or surgery.
What Are Fibroids
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that may lead to complications such as uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, and infertility. They can be diagnosed with a uterine fibroid test. The treatment options are surgery or embolizations.
Surgery is the most common treatment option, but there are also nonsurgical treatments available, including uterine artery embolizations in Albuquerque. The procedure is similar to traditional embolization procedures except that it targets the abnormal vessels of the uterus instead of arteries.
How Does Uterine Artery Embolization Work
The goal of uterine artery embolization is to obstruct the blood flow to the fibroid, resulting in its eventual shrinkage. For this procedure, a radiologist will insert a catheter into an artery in your groin and guide it through your circulatory system until it reaches the uterus.
What Happens During the Procedure
The procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist, who inserts a catheter through the femoral artery in the thigh and threads it up to the uterine arteries. The emboli are delivered through the catheter into these blood vessels to block blood flow to the fibroid. Once this is done, usually at least one more catheter is inserted into a large vein in the leg and threaded up to a location near where a tourniquet has been placed around the arm.
What to Expect After the Procedure
The procedure is performed by a qualified radiologist. After the patient is anesthetized, a catheter is inserted into one of the arteries in the groin and threaded up through the femoral artery to the aorta, which supplies blood to most of the body. A contrast dye will be injected through this catheter to make sure that it’s in position properly and that no other abnormal vessels are near it.
Is There Any Risks with This Procedure
There are risks to any procedure and uterine artery embolization is not without risk. The most common side effects following this procedure are temporary pain, fever, and nausea. Other possible side effects may include serious blood clots in the legs or pulmonary emboli.
Where Is This Procedure Performed
This procedure can be performed at Bernalillo Memorial Hospital. The treatments are done in the Radiology Department. It is most commonly done on an outpatient basis, which means that you don’t need to stay overnight in the hospital before or after the treatment. The first step is to do a CT scan of your abdomen and pelvis so that we can see exactly where all of your uterine fibroids are and how large they are.Embolizations Albuquerque
How Much Does this Surgery Cost
The cost of uterine artery embolization ranges from $3,000 to $5,000. The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting and requires general or spinal anesthesia. You will have to stay overnight in the hospital following the surgery and you may be discharged within 24 hours if no complications arise.