“Embolization has revolutionized the management of uterine fibroids,” says Dr. David Greuner, surgical director of NYC Surgical Associates.
Cross section of uterine fibroids
Online PR News – 03-April-2014 – New York, NY – New York, NY - “Women who have uterine fibroids may experience excessive bleeding due to the size or number of fibroids,” says Dr. David Greuner. “Other symptoms may include pelvic fullness, urinary frequency, bloating, or lower back pain. The good news is that uterine fibroid embolization is effective in stopping the excessive bleeding and pain caused by fibroids in the majority of cases.”
“Fibroids are tumors or lumps of muscle cells and other tissue which develop in the uterine wall,” says Dr. Greuner.
“During the embolization procedure a tiny, flexible tube called a catheter is placed into a blood vessel in the upper thigh,” says Dr. Greuner. “A substance called ‘contrast material’ is then injected into the catheter. Your surgeon uses real-time X-ray on a video screen to see the arteries supplying the fibroid tumors and then guides the catheter to the arteries that supply blood to the fibroid.”
“Small embolization particles are then released into the appropriate artery to block blood flow to the fibroid. Another image is taken after release of the particles, and when an appropriate result is confirmed, the catheter is removed from the body,” says Dr. Greuner. “Embolization treatment usually takes about an hour. When the procedure is completed, the catheter is removed and pressure is applied to the puncture site for 10 to 15 minutes. A small bandage is then applied. Patients can expect to have 4- 6 hours of bed rest after the procedure.” The embolization procedure is shown in this animation produced by NYC Surgical Associates.
Patients may be sent home after the bed rest period or they may spend the night in the hospital for more observation. “More than ninety percent of patients experience an almost immediate end to excessive bleeding. Patients also experience a decrease in the size of fibroids within three to six months after the procedure,” says Dr. Greuner.
Patients may have some mild to moderate vaginal bleeding for a couple of weeks. “This is from a fibroid that is breaking down and bleeding,” says Dr. Greuner. “Patients are usually able to return to their normal activities in 2-3 days.”
For more information on uterine fibroids and embolization treatment call New York Surgical Associates at 888-286-6600 or visit www.nycsurgical.net
About Dr. David Greuner:
David A. Greuner, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a cardiovascular surgeon and surgical director of NYC Surgical Associates in New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Greuner is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida and Arizona.
Dr. Greuner was voted a “Top Surgeon” by the Consumers Research Council of America three years in a row, 2010, 2011, and 2012.