Fibroid Consultation in Oklahoma City
Its important to learn about all available treatment options for fibroids so you get the best care and outcome possible. Dr. Blake Parsons is highly trained and experienced in uterine fibroid embolization, a procedure that is minimally invasive and shrinks the fibroid tumors by cutting off the blood flow.
What to Expect During Your Procedure
After deciding that UFE is the best choice for you, your interventional radiologist will explain what to do prior to the procedure and what to expect during the procedure.
Prior to your UFE procedure – your physician will tell you when you need to stop eating and whether you should take your other medications the day of the surgery.
During your UFE procedure – you will be sedated, but not unconscious. The procedure usually takes one to three hours. The steps of UFE, which is a minimally invasive procedure, include:
- A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is placed into a blood vessel in the upper thigh
- Using real-time imagery, the interventional radiologist guides the catheter through the artery
- Small particles that are the size of grains of sand are released into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor
- Blood flow to the fibroid tumor is blocked, which causes the fibroids to shrink
After your UFE procedure - Most interventional radiologists suggest at least a six-hour bed rest post-procedure. Cramping and abdominal pain are extremely common after UFE. Your interventional radiologist will decide what medications are necessary to keep you comfortable.
Some women are able to go home a few hours after the procedure, while others require an overnight hospital stay. Even though light cramping might continue for a short period of time, most women are able to resume normal activities within seven to ten days of undergoing the procedure.
If you've been diagnosed with uterine fibroids call Oklahoma Fibroids today at (405) 241-3538 to schedule an appointment.
Steps to Treatment
If you feel UFE might be the right treatment option for you then please follow these steps:
Conduct research on the Internet or at the library on which uterine fibroid treatments are appropriate for you. Visit websites such as the National Uterine Fibroid Foundation (www.nuff.org), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (www.acog.org) or the Society of Interventional Radiology (www.sirweb.org) which has an entire section on uterine fibroid embolization.
Your OB-GYN is a physician specialist who provides medical and surgical care to women and has particular expertise in pregnancy, childbirth, and disorders of the reproductive system. Your OB-GYN will help you understand more about fibroids and the related symptoms. They will also inform you of all available fibroid treatment options.
Seek a second, third or fourth opinion.
- Obtain a complete copy of your medical records from your current OB-GYN and do not hesitate to discuss treatment options with other doctors.
- Keep talking until you are comfortable with what you hear. You and your doctor should both be satisfied with your treatment plan.
- Come to talk to us. We specialize in uterine fibroid embolization and we'll be able to help determine if you are a good candidate for UFE.
Talk to other women with uterine fibroids.
- Try to identify and speak with women who have had treatments for their uterine fibroids to learn about their individual experiences.
- Discuss alternatives with your doctor so he/she knows you are aware of them and to see if you are a potential candidate for UFE.
- Many hospitals have women’s health seminars that feature a discussion on fibroids.
Give us a call at the number listed above. We would be happy to discuss if you are a good candidate for UFE. Here are some questions you might think about asking us:
- Please explain how you would coordinate my care with my OB-GYN.
- Which OB-GYNs refer to you for UFE?
- How often is the procedure successful in treating uterine fibroids?
- Are your patients happy with the procedure?
- How often do complications occur? What are typical complications?
- How will I feel during and after the UFE procedure?
- How long should I expect to be away from work?
- What is the length of the procedure? What is the normal recovery time?
- How long should I expect to stay in the hospital?
- What kind of follow-up care is typical and who manages it?
- What typically happens to the fibroids after the blood supply is cut off? Should I expect them to be expelled vaginally or will the procedure simply result in my fibroids shrinking?
- Will my fibroids, or the symptoms of my fibroids, come back?
- Will I still get my periods after having UFE and what will they be like?
- Will my insurance cover uterine fibroid embolization?
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