Treatment for UAE
So, you’ve been diagnosed with the fibroid tumor and your doctor suggests the Uterine Artery Embolization treatment – what comes next? Well, in most cases, if the diagnosis was already conclusive, they’ll try to schedule you for treatment as quickly as possible; however, it’s not unusual to have to take another MRI or even an ultrasound. Once the rounds of testing have been completed, it’s time to actually perform the surgery.
Chances are, you’ll probably be in a catheter lab at the hospital under general anesthesia while the surgery is being performed. The only thing you should feel throughout the procedure is the initial needle prick to insert the anesthetic line.
As with all operations of this nature, there is a certain risk involved that cannot be underscored. 1 out of every 250,000 who undergo general anesthesia never wake up from it, so there’s the first risk you’ll be facing. Of course, that pales in comparison to the actual operation. Because you’re being treated with chemicals injected through a catheter, there’s a risk of infection, in the event that sterility hasn’t properly been achieved. Furthermore, the embolic agents don’t know to target the tumor specifically, so they may accidentally dislodge and find their way to tissues – and muscle death or lack of oxygenation to tissues isn’t something anyone wants to experience.
The good news is that if you have an experienced person performing the surgery, you’ll find that the chance of something going wrong is reduced to less than 1%, leaving little room for concern. The real risk of the operation is that sometimes the tumors can return, in which case a hysterectomy is all but certain. Be sure to consult your doctor about the impact of the Uterine Artery Embolization on fertility.