Uterine Fibroids in Southern Africa
At Fibroid Care, our goal is to not only treat but to raise awareness and help people to learn more about uterine fibroids in Africa. Due to the relatively new nature, many gynaecologists are not familiar with this new treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The video below is designed to give you a summary of how we treat symptomatic uterine fibroids with embolization. It demonstrates the minimally invasive nature of the procedure and how it can be selected as an alternative to surgery. It is important to learn more about treating fibroids and the treatment options available to treat them.
Watch our video to learn more about Uterine Fibroids and the process of Uterine Fibroid Embolization:
Treatment for Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids
Treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids, your options:
Medical Treatment – There are several drugs that are used to manage fibroids and while they offer relief to some, a more definitive therapy is needed.
Surgical Treatment – Your two main surgical treatment options – hysterectomy and myomectomy. These procedures can have significant morbidity and possible loss of fertility.
Radiologic Treatment – The use of uterine artery embolization, the advantage of this procedure is that it is non-surgical. Patients have very little recovery time and there is approximately 90% success rate. Read more here.
Fibroid Care would be happy to work with you and your doctor to make this decision together. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.
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.
Consultation with Fibroid Care does not require a Physician referral.
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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.