Uterine Artery Embolization

Uterine artery embolization or Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a surgical procedure that treats noncancerous growths in the uterus called fibroids. Research claims approximately 70-80% of women experience uterine fibroids during their reproductive age. The medical procedure eliminates or shrinks these growths by blocking the blood supply. It is a substitute treatment option for hysterectomy or myomectomy.

What is the cost of Uterine Artery Embolization?

The consultation fee of a gynecologist for Uterine Artery Embolization ranges between 1000-3000 PKR. The fee may vary depending on the doctor chosen. 

What diagnosis leads to Uterine Artery Embolization?

If the gynecologist finds these conditions, he may refer you to uterine artery embolization treatment:

  • Severe bleeding due to uterine fibroids

  • Lower abdominal pain caused by fibroids

  • An enlarged uterus 

  • Fertility issues

  • Bladder pressure, making you urinate more

  • Pressure on the bowel causing constipation or bloating

  • Painful sexual intercourse

What is the procedure for Uterine Artery Embolization?

Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is a minimally invasive procedure carried out by using radiological interventions. Once the gynecologist refers a patient for this medical procedure, he may use the following steps to perform the surgical treatment:

  • Before the process, the patient is usually given a sedative to help relax. An intravenous (IV) line can be inserted to deliver medications and fluids all through the procedure.

  • The region around the patient's groin is cleaned and numbed using anesthesia to reduce discomfort during the surgical procedure.

  • A small incision is made in the groin to access the femoral artery in the leg. Through this incision, a catheter tube is inserted into the femoral artery with the help of X-rays.

  • Dye is injected through the catheter, and X-ray imaging is used to visualize the uterine arteries and any related blood vessels connecting with the fibroids.

  • Small microspheres are injected via the catheter into the uterine arteries. These particles block the blood supply to the fibroids, consequently shrinking them. 

  • After completing the embolization, the surgeon removes the catheter. He also applied pressure to the incision to stop excessive bleeding. A bandage is applied to promote healing.  

What are the risks & complications associated with Uterine Artery Embolization?

The risks and complications associated with Uterine Artery Embolization include:

  • Patients are likely to develop infections at the surgical site or even within the uterus.

  • Allergic reactions to the dye used during the surgical procedure are relatively common. 

  • During catheterization, the chances of injury to nearby organs such as - the bowel or bladder increase.

  • In rare cases, embolization blocks the normal blood flow to uterine tissues, resulting in the death of healthy tissues.

  • Risks of early menopause, resulting in infertility increases.

What to expect after Uterine Artery Embolization?

After undergoing Uterine Artery Embolization, the patient can expect:

  • Severe pain and discomfort are common in the pelvic region during post-surgical days.

  • The healthcare provider also schedules follow-up checkups for monitoring the patient’s health and healing.

  • The patient is restricted from doing strenuous exercises or lifting heavy objects. The gynecologist also recommends slow walking.

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