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    Fibroid Embolization Treatment in South Africa

    Due to the relatively new nature of fibroid treatment in South Africa, many gynaecologists are not familiar with this revolutionary option. Fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive fibroids treatment which can help treat heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. Unlike with some other fibroids treatment options, with fibroids embolization, the uterus is preserved making pregnancies possible.

    The purpose of fibroids embolization is to block the blood flow to the fibroids, which ultimately leads to fibroid death and shrinkage with a minimal recovery time in comparison to surgical treatment. Click here to learn more about fibroids treatment in South Africa and Namibia

    Uterine artery embolization is carried out as an endovascular procedure by a radiologist in an interventional suite. Patients who undergo uterine artery embolisation do not need to undergo general anaesthetic, and are rather provided with light sedation so that they remain awake and breathing on their own.

    Access to the arteries supplying the fibroids in the uterus is acquired by means of wires and catheters (small flexible tubes) which are inserted through a small hole in the artery of the groin (femoral artery) or artery in the wrist (transradial approach for uterine fibroid embolisation). The position of the correct artery supplying the fibroids is located by injecting an iodine based solution which maps out the arteries. These images are then used as a map for the radiologist to gain access to the uterine arteries.

    Minimally Invasive Fibroid Treatment

    Fibroid Care has introduced another option for fibroids treatment, therefore, the desire to maintain fertility should not prevent you from getting fibroids treatment because the minimally invasive fibroids treatment is now available and it is known as uterine fibroids embolization. The decision to perform uterine fibroids embolisation should be a collaborative one between the interventional radiologist, the gynecologist, and most importantly, the fibroids patient.

    The content of this video is attributed to the work done by Dr. W. Walker, a leader in the field, from the Royal Surrey Hospital, England.

    Following UFE, the patient is observed for 6 hours under the direct nursing supervision and placed on a patient-controlled analgesic pump. This allows the patient to manage their own pain control. The majority of patients are discharged the day after the procedure. A six-week follow-up visit is usually scheduled with the referring doctor. To find out more about fibroids treatment in South Africa, Namibia and in Botswana. Request a consultation here.

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