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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

A minimally invasive procedure to treat uterine fibroids (benign tumors).
Available at the hospital Maisonneuve et Bélanger

About the intervention

The procedure consist in treating the uterine fibroid by decreasing the blood supply. By passing through the uterine artery that vascularizes them, a contrast agent and microparticles are injected to obstruct the vessel and reduce the size of the fibroids. This is a less invasive treatment option than myomectomy and hysterectomy. This procedure reduces the uncomfortable symptoms of fibroids, such as:
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual periods.
  • The frequent urge to urinate.
  • An increase in the size of the lower abdomen, heaviness and pressure in the pelvis.
The intervention is approximately 75 minutes long. An interventional radiologist will meet with you to answer all your questions prior to the intervention.

Preparation for uterine fibroid embolization

It is required to previously carry out a coagulation and renal function assessment, as well as an echography or magnetic resonance imaging of the uterus. Fasting will be required on the day of the examination and a urinary catheter could be put in place as needed.

Contraindication

  • If you are pregnant, this procedure is contraindicated.

Intervention process

Our team will accompany you and install you on the exam table.
Local anesthesia will be performed and the radiologist will make a millimeter incision in your groin to access the femoral artery.
The radiologist will introduce a small tube (catheter) into the artery up to the uterine arteries.
Microparticles (particles the size of a grain of sand) and a contrast agent will be released into the uterine vessels.
Following the procedure, you will be redirected to a room where you will spend the night.

What you may experience

The procedure is not painful because it is done with the help of an anesthesiologist who sometimes installs a pump that allows you to control the analgesia yourself.

After the intervention

In the hours that follow, you may feel pain and cramps. Low fever and nausea are also possible. These symptoms are well controlled by the medication. You should be able to resume your usual activities after a week.

Other Services Offered

General Radiology

General Radiology

(Without an appointment)

X-ray medical imaging technique

Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography

Ultrasound-based medical imaging technique

Injection Therapy

Injection Therapy

Injection of an anti-inflammatory or lubricating product

Barium Swallow

Barium Swallow

Study of the upper digestive tract

Mammography

Mammography

Study of mammary glands using x-rays

Osteodensitometry

Osteodensitometry

Measurement of bone density

Barium Enema

Barium Enema

X-ray exam of the large intestine

Small Bowel Follow-Through

Small Bowel Follow-Through

Study of the lining of the small intestine

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