Women's Health Interventional Radiology

Minimally invasive treatment designed for your specific need

As a woman, you may have a special need for an interventional radiology procedure to fix problems in your reproductive organs. Interventional radiology procedures can help with excess bleeding immediately after childbirth, stop pelvic pain or get rid of uterine fibroids.

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Bleeding and Pain

When you have pelvic-area bleeding, pain or other symptoms, it’s good to know you might be able to have a minimally invasive intervention to stop the problem. These procedures are performed by interventional radiologists who use images to guide them.

Procedures you might have include:

Ovarian vein embolization

Ovarian vein embolization is a treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome, which is caused by a varicose vein in your pelvis. If the valves in the vein are weakened and don't close properly, it may bulge and cause the pressure you feel in your pelvis. Your doctor can seal the faulty vein and insert tiny coils to close it. Sometimes the coils include a hardening agent.

Pelvic arterial embolization

Pelvic arterial embolization is a treatment for postpartum hemorrhage, which happens when your uterus doesn’t contract (squeeze) enough immediately after childbirth. This can cause the blood vessels to bleed freely, and your blood pressure to drop rapidly. During this procedure, your doctor will inject small particles to block blood flow to the uterus and stop the bleeding.

Uterine fibroid embolization

During this treatment for uterine fibroids, your doctor will use a catheter to deliver small particles to block the blood supply to the fibroid.

What To Expect

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Bleeding and Pain

When you have pelvic-area bleeding, pain or other symptoms, it’s good to know you might be able to have a minimally invasive intervention to stop the problem. These procedures are performed by interventional radiologists who use images to guide them.

Procedures you might have include:

Ovarian vein embolization

Ovarian vein embolization is a treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome, which is caused by a varicose vein in your pelvis. If the valves in the vein are weakened and don't close properly, it may bulge and cause the pressure you feel in your pelvis. Your doctor can seal the faulty vein and insert tiny coils to close it. Sometimes the coils include a hardening agent.

Pelvic arterial embolization

Pelvic arterial embolization is a treatment for postpartum hemorrhage, which happens when your uterus doesn’t contract (squeeze) enough immediately after childbirth. This can cause the blood vessels to bleed freely, and your blood pressure to drop rapidly. During this procedure, your doctor will inject small particles to block blood flow to the uterus and stop the bleeding.

Uterine fibroid embolization

During this treatment for uterine fibroids, your doctor will use a catheter to deliver small particles to block the blood supply to the fibroid.

Write down questions you want to ask your provider so you don’t forget them at your appointment.

  • Is uterine fibroid embolization permanent, or can fibroids grow back?
  • Is ovarian vein embolization permanent, or can the vein enlarge again.
  • Will my pain be gone after embolization?
  • Do embolization procedures hurt?
  • Can I go home the same day after embolization?
  • Do I need someone to drive me home?
  • Will I have sedation for my procedure? What kind?
  • Can I go back to normal activities right after embolization?
  • After there any side effects from an embolization procedure?
  • Have your other patients had good success with these procedures?
  • How many embolization procedures like mine have you performed?

Questions to Ask Your Provider

Write down questions you want to ask your provider so you don’t forget them at your appointment.

  • Is uterine fibroid embolization permanent, or can fibroids grow back?
  • Is ovarian vein embolization permanent, or can the vein enlarge again.
  • Will my pain be gone after embolization?
  • Do embolization procedures hurt?
  • Can I go home the same day after embolization?
  • Do I need someone to drive me home?
  • Will I have sedation for my procedure? What kind?
  • Can I go back to normal activities right after embolization?
  • After there any side effects from an embolization procedure?
  • Have your other patients had good success with these procedures?
  • How many embolization procedures like mine have you performed?

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