Frequently Asked Questions about Fibroids

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Frequently Asked Questions about Fibroids"

Transcription

1 Frequently Asked Questions about Fibroids How do I know if I have fibroids? Symptoms Include: Heavy bleeding (which can be heavy enough to cause low blood count) or painful periods, feeling of fullness in the pelvic area (lower stomach area), frequent urination, pain during sex, lower back pain, constipation or bloating. All patients must have a thorough gynecologic examination to be certain that fibroids are indeed the cause of their symptoms. All patients must have an MRI examination and we recommend a Pap smear result from the past 12 months. Most patients who complain of bleeding will have an endometrial biopsy - an outpatient gynecologic procedure that is performed to rule out cancer of the lining of the uterus. Are fibroids cancers? Uterine Fibroids (leiomyomas) are non- cancerous tumors of the uterus, which are made up of muscle and connective tissues, causing a hard and geaving sensation in the abdomen and pelvis. What is uterine artery embolization (UAE) OR uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)? Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) or Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a procedure where a catheter is guided through the uterine artery with the use of moving x- ray. Tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, are injected into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor; this blocks blood flow to the fibroid tumor which will cause the fibroid to shrink and die. Who should get a UFE? Any woman who suffers from symptomatic fibroids that are significant enough to alter her quality of life. Is UFE covered by insurance?/ Is UFE an approved medical procedure? Yes, most insurers cover the procedure. Yes. The FDA has approved embolizing particles for treatment of uterine fibroids with UFE. It has been performed to treat fibroids in more than 125,000 patients in the USA. There now are multiple published studies showing this treatment to be safe and effective, and it is wrong to say it is "experimental." It has been approved by the US FDA and recognized by the Society of Interventional Radiology and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as an effective treatment for uterine fibroids.

2 Can I still become pregnant after UFE? In certain cases women who desire future fertility are considered as candidates, and there are many women who have become pregnant and given birth after UFE. Myomectomy, however, has traditionally been the first option for women who wish to become pregnant. When fibroids recur after myomectomy, or if a woman has other health conditions or reasons to avoid surgery, UFE may be the best option. The risks and effects of UFE on future fertility and pregnancy should be discussed with your doctor. What is the success rate of UFE? According to the combined results of major studies of UFE, the average success rate is approximately 90%. After five years, approximately 80% of patients are asymptomatic. In other words, in 4 out of 5 patients, it is not necessary to have a hysterectomy or other treatment for uterine fibroid disease. What are the risks and side effects of UFE? Although UFE is very safe and carries less risk than surgery, any medical procedure has some potential side effects or risks. Most women experience moderate to severe pain and cramping during the first several hours after the procedure, and some also experience nausea and low grade fever. All of these can be successfully controlled with appropriate pain medications. It is uncommon to have a low- grade fever, mild nausea, and malaise for more than 3-4 days after the embolization. In a very small number of cases (3-4 percent), infection is a complication. This can usually be controlled with antibiotics. In less than 1% of the time, serious complications can occur and a hysterectomy is needed. A small number of patients have reported beginning menopause after the procedure, but this is not a common occurrence for women under the age of 45. Older women who are approaching or exhibiting signs of menopause do have an increased risk. Is UFE performed under general anesthesia? No. UFE is performed under monitored conscious sedation. This means you will be sedated but arousable during the procedure. A local anesthetic, usually Lidocaine or Novocaine, is used to numb the site where the physician inserts the catheter. UFE is well tolerated, and many patients don't remember anything about the procedure due to the effects of the "twilight" sedation. Is the procedure painful? The procedure itself is not painful. Most women experience moderate to severe pain and cramping during the first 8-12 hours after the procedure. The use of intravenous and/or oral pain medications makes any pain tolerable.

3 Is this an overnight stay? No, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting. You will go home the same day. Someone will need to drive you to and from the procedure because you will receive sedation and be on pain medications. Is there a limit to the number and size of fibroids that can be treated? There is no limit on the number of fibroids we can treat. One of the advantages of UFE is that it treats all fibroids at once. In some cases, there may be a lower success rate for very large fibroids (uterus size equal to or more than 24 weeks pregnancy equivalent). Our doctors can discuss this with you in more detail during the consultation. Can fibroids re- grow after UFE? There are years of data available on patients who were followed up after UFE. It is rare for completely treated fibroids to re- grow. However, since UFE preserves the uterus, you body may develop new fibroids. Will my fibroids totally disappear? After the procedure, the fibroid(s) will begin to shrink and die over time. The fibroid(s) shrink primarily in the first six months, but they may continue to shrink for up to a year. Although the fibroid(s) never completely go away, they usually become small enough to relieve most symptoms such as heavy bleeding, pressure, frequent urination and pain. Will I get my flat stomach back after UFE? The fibroid(s) will shrink up to 50-60% of the pre- treatment volume. Women reported feeling lighter and less pressure or weighed down. Will my heavy periods improve after UFE? / Will I still get a period after the procedure? Most women notice a lighter flow at the next menstrual cycle. Some women may need 3-4 months to adjust to the treatment before experiencing lighter and shorter menstrual flow. A small number of patients have reported beginning menopause after the procedure, but this is not a common occurrence for women under the age of 45. Older women who are near or exhibiting signs of menopause have increased risk. How soon after UFE can I have sex? Patients may generally resume sexual activities in about a week.

4 Can my gynecologist perform this procedure? Although UFE is used to treat a gynecological problem, it was developed and is performed by interventional radiologists. They are physicians who have the special skills needed to treat conditions without surgery using micro tools inserted through a nick in the skin and guided by X- rays. Interventional radiologists must complete years of specialty training to successfully perform UFE. Gynecologists receive specialty training in other areas, such as performing hysterectomy, myomectomy and other types of open surgery. What about my gynecologist? We are happy to talk with your gynecologist about your case, and whenever possible we work with a woman s gynecologist to be certain that she receives the treatment that is best for her. A cooperative, collaborative approach to your treatment is the key to a successful outcome. The best care is when interventional radiologists and gynecologists work together to make sure each woman receives the right treatment for her. What type of follow up care will I need? An office visit one week after the procedure to check your status An office visit at 3-4 months and 12 months after the procedure to evaluate your status How quickly can I go back to work? Because the procedure is less invasive than surgery, recovery time is much shorter than hysterectomy or myomectomy. Most women go back to work and normal activities in 7-10 days. On the other hand, recovery from an abdominal hysterectomy or myomectomy may take up to six weeks.

5 UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is performed while the patient is conscious, but sedated and feeling no pain; it does not require general anesthesia. During the procedure a tiny incision is made in the skin in the groin and a catheter is inserted into the patient s femoral artery. The catheter is guided through the artery with the use of fluoroscopy; tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, will be injected into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor. This blocks the blood flow to the fibroid tumor which will cause the fibroid to shrink and die.

Uterine Fibroids Facts

Uterine Fibroids Facts Uterine Fibroids Facts Heavy/Painful Periods and Pelvic Pain It is normal for women to experience heavy menstrual periods or cramps from time to time. What is not normal is a heavy period that impacts

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolization. A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment

Uterine Fibroid Embolization. A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment Uterine Fibroid Embolization A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment About Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) UFE blocks the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink. It is

More information

Uterine Fibroid Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Uterine Fibroid Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Fibroids and IR Uterine Fibroid Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Interventional radiologists use MRIs to determine if fibroids can be embolised, detect alternate causes for the symptoms and rule out misdiagnosis,

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment. ask4ufe.com 877-ASK4UFE

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment. ask4ufe.com 877-ASK4UFE Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) A Patient s Guide to a Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment ask4ufe.com 877-ASK4UFE UFE is performed by an interventional radiologist (IR), a doctor who uses X-rays and

More information

Uterine fibroids (Leiomyoma)

Uterine fibroids (Leiomyoma) Uterine fibroids (Leiomyoma) What are uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are fairly common benign (not cancer) growths in the uterus. They occur in about 25 50% of all women. Many women who have fibroids

More information

Interventional Radiology Associates

Interventional Radiology Associates UTERINE ARTERY EMBOLISATION A MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENT OPTION FOR UTERINE FIBROIDS PATIENT GUIDE Q. What are uterine fibroids? A. Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) growths that develop in the muscle

More information

Research Results for Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. Myomectomy Satellite Feed TRT: 12:42

Research Results for Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. Myomectomy Satellite Feed TRT: 12:42 10201 Lee Highway Suite 500 Fairfax, Virginia 22030 703.691.1805 703.691.1855 fax Research Results for Uterine Fibroid Embolization vs. Myomectomy Satellite Feed TRT: 12:42 www.sirweb.org info@sirweb.org

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE or Non- Surgical Treatment for Fibroid Disease) Patient information leaflet

Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE or Non- Surgical Treatment for Fibroid Disease) Patient information leaflet Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE or Non- Surgical Treatment for Fibroid Disease) Patient information leaflet What are fibroids? Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the muscular

More information

Uterine Fibroids. fibroids or have had Treatments. them in the past, How you can help relieve the pain

Uterine Fibroids. fibroids or have had Treatments. them in the past, How you can help relieve the pain Uterine Fibroids WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500 Uterine fibroids are benign (not cancer) growths in the uterus. They are the most common type of growth found in a woman s

More information

Arterial embolisation of uterine fibroids

Arterial embolisation of uterine fibroids Patient information Arterial embolisation of uterine fibroids This is an information sheet explaining why this procedure is performed, what it entails and the benefits and risks. Should you have any other

More information

Fibroid Treatment Options

Fibroid Treatment Options Fibroid Treatment Options A guide for patients ask4ufe.com 1-877-ASK-4-UFE Uterine Fibroids and Their Symptoms Fibroids are noncancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus (or womb). They can range

More information

Fibroid Program. Inova Alexandria Hospital

Fibroid Program. Inova Alexandria Hospital Fibroid Program Inova Alexandria Hospital Uterine Fibroids The Inova Alexandria Hospital Fibroid Program is a multi-disciplinary program that offers comprehensive fibroid care for women in our community.

More information

MEN S AND WOMEN S HEALTH MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS

MEN S AND WOMEN S HEALTH MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS SOUTH FLORIDA VASCULAR ASSOCIATES Leading Change in Vascular Care MEN S AND WOMEN S HEALTH MINIMALLY INVASIVE TREATMENT OPTIONS William H. Julien, MD UTERINE FIBROIDS Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Uterine Fibroid Embolization What are uterine fibroids? A uterine fibroid is a benign tumor or non-cancerous growth on or in the uterus. It is made of smooth muscle and connective tissue. Size varies from

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Scan for mobile link. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroid tumors of the uterus which can cause heavy menstrual

More information

Uterine Artery Embolization

Uterine Artery Embolization Uterine Artery Embolization UHN Information for patients and families Read this information to learn: what uterine fibroids are how uterine artery embolization can help how to prepare for the procedure

More information

UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION APPEARS TO BE GOOD OPTION FOR YOUNG WOMEN. the 27 th Annual Scientific Meeting of the

UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION APPEARS TO BE GOOD OPTION FOR YOUNG WOMEN. the 27 th Annual Scientific Meeting of the 10201 Lee Highway Suite 500 Fairfax, Virginia Contact: Diane Shnitzler or Patti Lucas 703-691-1805 April 6-11 in the press room at 410-649-7400 22030 703.691.1805 703.691.1855 fax www.sirweb.org info@sirweb.org

More information

Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE) Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UFE) Exceptional healthcare, personally delivered What are Fibroids? Fibroids are benign, non cancerous, growths of the uterus (womb). They occur very commonly. How are Fibroids

More information

Fibroid Relief Speaker s Kit. Core Message p. 2. Publicity for Speaking Session p. 2. Organizing a Speaking Session p. 2

Fibroid Relief Speaker s Kit. Core Message p. 2. Publicity for Speaking Session p. 2. Organizing a Speaking Session p. 2 Fibroid Relief Speaker s Kit Table of Contents Helpful Information Core Message p. 2 Publicity for Speaking Session p. 2 Organizing a Speaking Session p. 2 Tips for Public Speaking p. 3 Speaker Feedback

More information

Information for patients. Fibroid Embolisation. Sheffield Vascular Institute. Northern General Hospital

Information for patients. Fibroid Embolisation. Sheffield Vascular Institute. Northern General Hospital Information for patients Fibroid Embolisation Sheffield Vascular Institute Northern General Hospital You have been given this leaflet because you might benefit from a procedure known as a Fibroid Embolisation.

More information

How do I know if I need to have surgery?

How do I know if I need to have surgery? How do I know if I need to have surgery? Deciding whether or not to have surgery for your bladder, bowel and/or prolapse problems is an individual decision. The success or failure of someone else's operation

More information

da Vinci Myomectomy Changing the Experience of Surgery Are you a candidate for the latest treatment option for uterine fibroids?

da Vinci Myomectomy Changing the Experience of Surgery Are you a candidate for the latest treatment option for uterine fibroids? da Vinci Myomectomy Changing the Experience of Surgery Are you a candidate for the latest treatment option for uterine fibroids? Your doctor may be able to offer you a new, minimally invasive surgical

More information

Fibroids - Management

Fibroids - Management Fibroids - Management Scenario: Diagnosis of fibroids How do I know my patient has fibroids? Fibroids are commonly asymptomatic and may be identified incidentally by examination or investigation for gynaecological

More information

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition The Condition(s): Chronic Pain, Heavy Bleeding, Fibroids, Endometriosis and/or Prolapse

More information

Uterine Fibroids. More than half of all women have fibroids. They are a common, benign, uterine growth.

Uterine Fibroids. More than half of all women have fibroids. They are a common, benign, uterine growth. Uterine Fibroids More than half of all women have fibroids. They are a common, benign, uterine growth. Fibroids are not a disease. Much like the genetic blueprint that determines the color of your eyes

More information

Uterine Fibroids Information for Patients

Uterine Fibroids Information for Patients Uterine Fibroids Information for Patients Disclaimer This is general information developed by The Ottawa Hospital. It is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult

More information

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition The Condition(s): Chronic Pain, Heavy Bleeding, Fibroids, Endometriosis and/or Prolapse

More information

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for a benign gynecologic condition The Condition(s): Chronic Pain, Heavy Bleeding, Fibroids, Endometriosis and/or Prolapse

More information

The time to take care of yourself.

The time to take care of yourself. understanding Hysterectomies are the second most common surgery among women in the U.S., behind only C-sections. 1 The time to take care of yourself. Women spend a lot of time taking care of others spouses,

More information

Considering Surgery for Uterine Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery

Considering Surgery for Uterine Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery Considering Surgery for Uterine Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery The Condition: Uterine Fibroids A uterine fibroid is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that can grow inside and outside

More information

This leaflet is intended to provide answers to common questions that you may have regarding fibroid embolisation

This leaflet is intended to provide answers to common questions that you may have regarding fibroid embolisation Introduction This leaflet is intended to provide answers to common questions that you may have regarding fibroid embolisation It is almost certain that you are having the fibroid embolisation done as a

More information

About the Uterus. Hysterectomy may be done to treat conditions that affect the uterus. Some reasons a hysterectomy may be needed include:

About the Uterus. Hysterectomy may be done to treat conditions that affect the uterus. Some reasons a hysterectomy may be needed include: Hysterectomy removal of the uterus is a way of treating problems that affect the uterus. Many conditions can be cured with hysterectomy. Because it is major surgery, your doctor may suggest trying other

More information

MRI guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for uterine fibroids

MRI guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for uterine fibroids MRI guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) for uterine fibroids Information for patients Dr. Paul Crowe Consultant Interventional Radiologist What are Fibroids? Fibroids are abnormal growths of the muscle

More information

Hydrothermal Endometrial Ablation

Hydrothermal Endometrial Ablation Hydrothermal Endometrial Ablation Introduction A hydrothermal endometrial ablation also known as HTA is a procedure that allows doctors to destroy the inner lining of the uterus. It is one way to treat

More information

Surgical removal of fibroids through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut. The uterus and cervix are left in place.

Surgical removal of fibroids through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut. The uterus and cervix are left in place. What is an abdominal myomectomy? Surgical removal of fibroids through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut. The uterus and cervix are left in place. When is this surgery used? Treatment

More information

Considering Surgery for Uterine Fibroids? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be the best treatment for women who want to preserve their uterus

Considering Surgery for Uterine Fibroids? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be the best treatment for women who want to preserve their uterus Considering Surgery for Uterine s? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be the best treatment for women who want to preserve their uterus The Treatment: Myomectomy Myomectomy is a common alternative to hysterectomy

More information

FIBROIDS. Information Leaflet. Your Health. Our Priority.

FIBROIDS. Information Leaflet. Your Health. Our Priority. FIBROIDS Information Leaflet Your Health. Our Priority. Page 2 of 6 What are fibroids? Fibroids are growths made of bundles of muscle fibre that grow in the muscle wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids start

More information

子 宮 肌 瘤 綜 合 治 療 計 劃. Comprehensive Fibroid Management Programme. 養 和 醫 院 婦 產 科 中 心 Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital

子 宮 肌 瘤 綜 合 治 療 計 劃. Comprehensive Fibroid Management Programme. 養 和 醫 院 婦 產 科 中 心 Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital 子 宮 肌 瘤 綜 合 治 療 計 劃 Comprehensive Fibroid Management Programme 養 和 醫 院 婦 產 科 中 心 Obstetrics & Gynaecology Centre Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital Fibroid, which is called leiomyoma of the uterus in medical

More information

Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy

Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy What is a? Is the removal of the fibroid(s) through four small (1/2-1 ) abdominal incisions while using a robot. Why is this surgery used? To treat diseases of the

More information

Fibroids. Types of Fibroids

Fibroids. Types of Fibroids Fibroids Uterine Fibroids, or uterine myomas affect more than 30% of women. The terms fibroid and myoma are used interchangeably. Most fibroids do not cause symptoms, and do not require treatment, but

More information

Uterine Artery Embolisation For the treatment of fibroids

Uterine Artery Embolisation For the treatment of fibroids Uterine Artery Embolisation For the treatment of fibroids Information for patients Dr. Paul Crowe Consultant Interventional Radiologist Radiology Department Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Bordesley Green

More information

WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500. Endometriosis

WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500. Endometriosis Endometriosis WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500 The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium. Sometimes, endometrial tissue grows elsewhere in the body. When this happens

More information

Radiology Department Fibroid Embolization Information for patients

Radiology Department Fibroid Embolization Information for patients Radiology Department Fibroid Embolization Information for patients Fibroid embolization (uterine artery embolization) A fibroid is a harmless growth in the uterus. It may be large or small and there may

More information

Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery

Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery The Condition: Uterine Fibroid (Fibroid Tumor) A uterine fibroid is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows in the uterine

More information

Understanding Your Diagnosis of Endometrial Cancer A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

Understanding Your Diagnosis of Endometrial Cancer A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE Understanding Your Diagnosis of Endometrial Cancer A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE Introduction This guide is designed to help you clarify and understand the decisions that need to be made about your care for the

More information

From this site: http://www.energeticnutrition.com /vitalzym/fibroid_tumors.html Uterine Fibroid Tumors

From this site: http://www.energeticnutrition.com /vitalzym/fibroid_tumors.html Uterine Fibroid Tumors From this site: http://www.energeticnutrition.com /vitalzym/fibroid_tumors.html Uterine Fibroid Tumors Uterine Fibroid Tumors A woman s fibroisis condition usually associated with estrogen dominance. Uterine

More information

Having a Fibroid Embolisation

Having a Fibroid Embolisation Having a Fibroid Embolisation Information for Patients In this leaflet: Introduction 2 What is fibroid embolisation? 2 Why do I need fibroid embolisation? 2 Who has made the decision?. 2 Who will be doing

More information

Summa Health System. A Woman s Guide to Hysterectomy

Summa Health System. A Woman s Guide to Hysterectomy Summa Health System A Woman s Guide to Hysterectomy Hysterectomy A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman s uterus (womb). The uterus is the organ which shelters and nourishes a baby during

More information

Treating heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids or polyps

Treating heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids or polyps Treating heavy menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids or polyps With today s medical advances the outlook for successful treatment of fibroids and polyps has never been better. You don t have to live with

More information

RENAL ANGIOMYOLIPOMA EMBOLIZATION

RENAL ANGIOMYOLIPOMA EMBOLIZATION RENAL ANGIOMYOLIPOMA EMBOLIZATION The information about renal angiomyolipomas on the next several pages includes questions commonly asked about the embolization procedure. Please take a few moments to

More information

Hysterectomy. The time to take care of yourself

Hysterectomy. The time to take care of yourself Hysterectomy The time to take care of yourself The time to take care of yourself Women spend a lot of time taking care of others spouses, children, parents. We often overlook our own needs. But when our

More information

Uterus myomatosus. 10-May-15. Clinical presentation. Incidence. Causes? 3 out of 4 women. Growth rate vary. Most common solid pelvic tumor in women

Uterus myomatosus. 10-May-15. Clinical presentation. Incidence. Causes? 3 out of 4 women. Growth rate vary. Most common solid pelvic tumor in women Uterus myomatosus A.J. Henriquez March 14, 2015 Uterus myomatosus Definition, incidence, clinical presentation and diagnosis. New FIGO classification for uterine leiomyomas Brief description on treatment

More information

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Abnormal Uterine Bleeding WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500 Abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the most common reasons women see their doctors. It can occur at any age and has

More information

Catheter Embolization and YOU

Catheter Embolization and YOU Catheter Embolization and YOU What is catheter embolization? Embolization therapy is a minimally invasive (non-surgical) treatment that occludes or blocks one or more blood vessels or vascular channels

More information

TheraSphere A Radiation Treatment Option for Liver Cancer

TheraSphere A Radiation Treatment Option for Liver Cancer TheraSphere A Radiation Treatment Option for Liver Cancer TheraSphere is a treatment which is done in the Interventional Radiology Clinic. If you have more questions after reading this handout, you can

More information

A potential treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding

A potential treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding TRUCLEAR System A potential treatment for your abnormal uterine bleeding Do You Suffer from Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? What is a Hysteroscopy? What is the TRUCLEAR Procedure? What Happens Before Your

More information

FDA-Approved Patient Information

FDA-Approved Patient Information FDA-Approved Patient Information PATIENT INFORMATION Mirena (Mur-ā-nah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) Mirena does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted

More information

A Guide to Hysteroscopy. Patient Education

A Guide to Hysteroscopy. Patient Education A Guide to Hysteroscopy Patient Education QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HYSTEROSCOPY Your doctor has recommended that you have a procedure called a hysteroscopy. Naturally, you may have questions about

More information

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy What is a total abdominal hysterectomy? Is the removal of the uterus and cervix through an abdominal incision (either an up and down or bikini cut). Removal of the ovaries and tubes depends on the patient.

More information

Treatment Options for Heavy Periods

Treatment Options for Heavy Periods Treatment Options for Heavy Periods Table of Contents Heavy Periods: Know Your Options... 2 Visual Guide to Female Reproductive System...3 Symptoms of Heavy Periods...5 Common Causes of Heavy Periods...5

More information

Fibroids and polyps What you should know. MyoSure tissue removal could be the answer.

Fibroids and polyps What you should know. MyoSure tissue removal could be the answer. Fibroids and polyps What you should know MyoSure tissue removal could be the answer. What are fibroids and polyps? Fibroids Fibroids are non-cancerous tissue growths in the muscle walls of the uterus.

More information

Abdominal Hysterectomy

Abdominal Hysterectomy Abdominal Hysterectomy Families Division Patient Information Leaflet Options available If you d like a large print, audio, Braille or a translated version of this leaflet then please call: 01253 955588

More information

Patient Information Skyla (sky-lah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system)

Patient Information Skyla (sky-lah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information Skyla (sky-lah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) Skyla does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections

More information

Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery

Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery Considering Surgery for Fibroids? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery The Condition: Uterine Fibroid (Fibroid Tumor) A uterine fibroid is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that grows in the uterine

More information

FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information Mirena (mur-ā-nah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system)

FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information Mirena (mur-ā-nah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) FDA-Approved Patient Labeling Patient Information Mirena (mur-ā-nah) (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) Mirena does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections

More information

Chemoembolization for Patients with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours

Chemoembolization for Patients with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours Chemoembolization for Patients with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours What is this cancer? Pancreatic Endocrine Tumours are also called Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours. This cancer is rare and it starts

More information

Miscarriage. Patient Education Patient Care Services. Your treatment options and what to expect. What is a miscarriage?

Miscarriage. Patient Education Patient Care Services. Your treatment options and what to expect. What is a miscarriage? Patient Education Your treatment options and what to expect We understand that you are having, have had, or may have, a miscarriage. This handout provides some information to help you and your health care

More information

Total Vaginal Hysterectomy

Total Vaginal Hysterectomy What is a total vaginal hysterectomy? Is the removal of the uterus and cervix through the vagina. Removal of the ovaries and tubes depends on the patient. Why is this surgery used? To treat disease of

More information

Contacts Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805

Contacts Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805 FACT SHEET Contacts Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805 Uterine Fibroid Embolization, a Minimally Invasive Treatment for Uterine Fibroids Highly Effective, Widely Available Interventional Radiology

More information

FIBROIDS PATIENT INFORMATION

FIBROIDS PATIENT INFORMATION Introduction Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumours of the womb. They are also known as myomas or fibromyomas. They are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. The size of fibroids can vary from

More information

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery Patient Information from SAGES

Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery Patient Information from SAGES Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery Patient Information from SAGES About Your Inguinal Hernia and Laparoscopic Repair: Approximately 600,000 inguinal or groin hernia repair operations are performed

More information

Contact Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805. Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer

Contact Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805. Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer FACT SHEET Contact Maryann Verrillo Diane Shnitzler (703) 691-1805 Kidney cancer is the eighth most common cancer in men and the tenth in women. 1

More information

Why would you need a hysterectomy?

Why would you need a hysterectomy? Why would you need a hysterectomy? Removal of the uterus is performed to prevent, alleviate, or treat pain, pressure, bleeding, or cancer. Each reason is described in detail in the following pages. Benign

More information

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding FAQ Sheet

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding FAQ Sheet Abnormal Uterine Bleeding FAQ Sheet What is abnormal uterine bleeding? Under normal circumstances, a woman's uterus sheds a limited amount of blood during each menstrual period. Bleeding that occurs between

More information

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for early stage gynecologic cancer

Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for early stage gynecologic cancer Facing Hysterectomy? Learn why da Vinci Surgery may be your best treatment option for early stage gynecologic cancer The Condition: Early Stage Gynecologic Cancer A wide variety of gynecologic cancers

More information

Brad J. Cohen, MD, MBA 2477 Route 516, Suite 103, Old Bridge, New Jersey Office Fax SURGICAL CONSENT

Brad J. Cohen, MD, MBA 2477 Route 516, Suite 103, Old Bridge, New Jersey Office Fax SURGICAL CONSENT Brad J. Cohen, MD, MBA 2477 Route 516, Suite 103, Old Bridge, New Jersey Office 732-679-6900 Fax 732-679-7900 SURGICAL CONSENT You have elected to have Dr. Brad J. Cohen perform a minimally invasive laparoscopic

More information

Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Patient Information from SAGES

Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Patient Information from SAGES Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Patient Information from SAGES Approximately 350,000-500,000 ventral hernia repairs are performed each year in the United States. Many are performed by the conventional

More information

UNC FIBROID CARE CLINIC. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Advanced Laparoscopy & Pelvic Pain

UNC FIBROID CARE CLINIC. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Advanced Laparoscopy & Pelvic Pain The purpose of the Fibroid Care Clinic at the University of North Carolina is to provide up-to-date, comprehensive medical information and care for the treatment of women with uterine fibroids. We offer

More information

YTTRIUM 90 MICROSPHERES THERAPY OF LIVER TUMORS

YTTRIUM 90 MICROSPHERES THERAPY OF LIVER TUMORS YTTRIUM 90 MICROSPHERES THERAPY OF LIVER TUMORS The information regarding placement of Yttrium 90 microsphres for the management of liver tumors on the next several pages includes questions commonly asked

More information

Abdominal Surgery. Surgical removal of a mass or masses from the abdomen through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut.

Abdominal Surgery. Surgical removal of a mass or masses from the abdomen through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut. What is an abdominal surgery? Surgical removal of a mass or masses from the abdomen through an abdominal incision-either up and down or bikini cut. Why is this surgery used? To treat disease of the uterus,

More information

Once a woman has had a hysterectomy, she will no longer have menstrual periods and cannot have a child. She no longer needs to use contraception.

Once a woman has had a hysterectomy, she will no longer have menstrual periods and cannot have a child. She no longer needs to use contraception. Hysterectomy Summary Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the womb (uterus), with or without the cervix. Hysterectomy is used to treat a number of conditions, including heavy or painful periods, fibroids

More information

EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS A Patient Guide to Treatment

EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS A Patient Guide to Treatment EARLY PREGNANCY LOSS A Patient Guide to Treatment You have a pregnancy that has stopped growing, or you have started to miscarry and the process has not completed. If so, there are four ways to manage

More information

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy What is a total laparoscopic hysterectomy? Is the removal of the uterus and cervix through four small (1/2-1 ) abdominal incisions. Removal of the ovaries and tubes depends on the patient. Why is this

More information

Laparoscopy and Pelviscopy Procedures

Laparoscopy and Pelviscopy Procedures gynaecology program Pre- and Post-operative Instructions: Laparoscopy and Pelviscopy Procedures Informed Consent As part of informed consent, your doctor will talk to you about: What will be done during

More information

Fallopian Tube Catheterization - Recanalization

Fallopian Tube Catheterization - Recanalization Fallopian Tube Catheterization - Recanalization Introduction Fallopian tube catheterization, also known as recanalization, is a procedure to help clear a blockage in the Fallopian tubes. A blockage in

More information

Percutaneous Abscess Drainage

Percutaneous Abscess Drainage Scan for mobile link. Percutaneous Abscess Drainage An abscess is an infected fluid collection within the body. Percutaneous abscess drainage uses imaging guidance to place a thin needle through the skin

More information

Embolization of Brain Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations/Fistulas

Embolization of Brain Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations/Fistulas Scan for mobile link. Embolization of Brain Aneurysms and Arteriovenous Malformations/Fistulas Embolization of brain aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVM) uses imaging guidance to place small,

More information

Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services

Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services If you experience heavy periods, there is no need to suffer in silence. And if you ve been told that hysterectomy is your only choice,

More information

Hysteroscopy. What is a hysteroscopy? When is this surgery used? How do I prepare for surgery?

Hysteroscopy. What is a hysteroscopy? When is this surgery used? How do I prepare for surgery? What is a hysteroscopy? This is a procedure where a doctor uses a thin tube with a tiny camera to look inside the uterus. There are no incisions. Saline solution is used to expand the uterus in order to

More information

Choosing. A guide to birth control with LILETTA (lye-let-uh) Indication

Choosing. A guide to birth control with LILETTA (lye-let-uh) Indication Choosing A guide to birth control with LILETTA (lye-let-uh) Indication LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg is a hormone-releasing system placed in your uterus to prevent pregnancy

More information

Chemoembolization. What is Chemoembolization? What are some common uses of the procedure?

Chemoembolization. What is Chemoembolization? What are some common uses of the procedure? Scan for mobile link. Chemoembolization Chemoembolization places chemotherapy and synthetic materials called embolic agents into a blood vessel feeding a cancerous tumor to cut off the tumor's blood supply

More information

Uterine Artery Embolization

Uterine Artery Embolization Uterine Artery Embolization Disclaimer This is general information developed by The Ottawa Hospital. It is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your own

More information

Pelvic Organ Prolapse. A Common Intimate Problem

Pelvic Organ Prolapse. A Common Intimate Problem Pelvic Organ Prolapse A Common Intimate Problem The information in this guide is not intended to replace any discussion with your doctor, or any materials he or she may give you. By taking the time to

More information

Considering Surgery for Pelvic Prolapse? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery

Considering Surgery for Pelvic Prolapse? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery Considering Surgery for Pelvic Prolapse? Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery The Condition: Pelvic Prolapse Pelvic prolapse is a condition that occurs when muscles and ligaments supporting

More information

Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause

Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause WOMENCARE A Healthy Woman is a Powerful Woman (407) 898-1500 Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause During perimenopause, your periods may become less predictable. These changes are common.

More information

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Any further questions? Please contact the matron for Women s Health on 020 7288 5161 (answerphone) Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm. For more information: Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Recovering

More information

Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation Using Novasure

Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation Using Novasure Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation Using Novasure What is a hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation using Novasure? This is a procedure where a doctor uses a thin tube with a tiny camera to look inside

More information

Hysterectomy. What is a hysterectomy? Why is hysterectomy done? Are there alternatives to hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy. What is a hysterectomy? Why is hysterectomy done? Are there alternatives to hysterectomy? ROBERT LEVITT, MD JESSICA BERGER-WEISS, MD ADRIENNE POTTS, MD HARTAJ POWELL, MD, MPH COURTNEY LEVENSON, MD LAUREN BURNS, MSN, RN, WHNP OBGYNCWC.COM What is a hysterectomy? Hysterectomy Hysterectomy is

More information

Fibroid Embolisation (Uterine Artery Embolisation)

Fibroid Embolisation (Uterine Artery Embolisation) Patient information leaflet Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Fibroid Embolisation (Uterine Artery Embolisation) Radiology This leaflet tells you about the procedure known as fibroid embolisation.

More information

Introduction Ovarian cysts are a very common female condition. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on an ovary in the female reproductive system.

Introduction Ovarian cysts are a very common female condition. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on an ovary in the female reproductive system. Ovarian Cysts Introduction Ovarian cysts are a very common female condition. An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac on an ovary in the female reproductive system. Most women have ovarian cysts sometime

More information