Uterine Fibroid Embolisation is a procedure performed to eliminate the blood flow to Fibroids using x-rays and contrast (x-ray dye).
A specialist known as an Interventional Radiologist performs these procedures.
The contrast is injected through a thin plastic tube called a catheter, which is passed through a sheath inserted into the femoral artery.
This procedure stops the blood supply to the fibroid(s) (non-cancerous growth) in the lining of the uterus, which often have the following symptoms;
It is an alternative to surgical treatments such as a hysterectomy or myomectomy (a procedure which removes only the fibroid from the uterus).
It may also be a procedure that is done in combination with surgery. This will be discussed this with you at your appointment.
You will need to present to the Day Procedure Unit on the day of your procedure – your admission time will be sent with your appointment confirmation. This will allow the nurses time to complete your admission paperwork and any other tests that may be required such as blood tests or pre-medication.
You will be required to fast for 4 hours before your procedure – this means no food or fluids. You may take any regular medication with a small sip of water. Please continue to take your blood pressure medication. Please bring all of your regular medications with you.
Please contact MIVIR if you are taking medication for the following;
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