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.
What Patients Say
The result for me is I don’t feel tired anymore. I feel younger than I was then. I have far more energy and a flatter looking tummy. It’s been just over a year now. My fibroid is still there but it is a lot smaller and lighter
Before UFE, during my cycle I would bleed for 10 days. But after UFE I only bled for 3-4 days and significantly less. All the other symptoms I experienced before had improved as soon as three months. I had so much energy afterward. I even started running—it was that drastic
I was thrilled to find an option other than major surgery to solve my problems with fibroids. Better yet was the fact that my recovery was days, not weeks. I missed only one day of work and was swimming even before returning to work. As time passes, I continue to be thankful for this procedure and for Dr Lawson being there throughout the embolization as well as for his continuing follow ups.
As a relatively healthy person, I wanted a procedure that offered less risk and would allow me to return to my normal life as soon as possible. Embolization gave me this choice. After having the procedure I had no complications and was back to my normal activities within 10 days and the best part was I was no longer experiencing all the unbearable symptoms that the fibroids had once caused.
Embolization changed my quality of life and I would definitely recommend it.”
I just want you all know that I’m a patient of Dr Lawson and had this procedure done about January of 2016. I cannot THANK him enough for putting me out of my lifelong misery. What a relief. I have never felt better in my life. And what an easy way to take care of fibroids. I recommend it to anyone. You won’t regret it.
Thank you – from dealing with what felt like the worst thing that had ever happened to me, I’m now back to myself and have my life back!
May God bless and be with you, I was told by my doctor that I’m no longer conceive but after this treatment,
Thank you for such reassuring, friendly and professional care. I’m so relieved! .