Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroids can be very painful and can cause excessive menstrual bleeding, frequent urination, anemia, and constipation. If conservative treatments don’t help with your fibroids, you may consider interventional or surgical options.  Dr. Kasthuri uses interventional radiology to treat fibroids in the least invasive way possible. If you’re interested in more information about uterine fibroid embolization, please contact us today.

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What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign cell overgrowths on or inside the uterus. Estrogen and progesterone levels during childbearing years seem to play a role in the development and growth of fibroids, which disappear after menopause. Uterine fibroids aren’t dangerous, so many don’t typically require any intervention. However, given time, they can cause painful and irritating symptoms: 
  • Heavy periods
  • Cramps
  • Feeling of fullness in the belly
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urge to urinate
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What treatment options do I have for fibroids?

You don’t need surgery for fibroids unless they’re problematic. Birth control pills and over-the-counter pain relievers may be enough to relieve your symptoms. However, if you experience intolerable pain or have heavy bleeding or cramping, you may consider surgery.

If conservative treatments don’t help with your fibroids, you may consider one of three procedures: minimally invasive uterine fibroid embolization, surgical myomectomy, or hysterectomy. 

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What is uterine fibroid embolization?

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive image-guided procedure, a safe and effective fibroid treatment option that may be used as an alternative to hysterectomy. UFE shrinks the fibroids by blocking blood flow to them, relieving symptoms without surgery and preserving your uterus. During the procedure, Dr. Kasthuri inserts a small tube into your upper thigh artery while you are consciously sedated. He then injects contrast dye through the tube and uses X-ray guidance to find the blood vessels that supply blood to the fibroids so he can block the blood flow to them with tiny sand-sized particles. This causes them to slowly shrink or disappear.  To discuss embolization as a possible treatment for your uterine fibroids, set up an appointment with Dr. Kasthuri online or over the phone. 
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Why choose NWES for my UFE?

Expertise-Dr. Kasthuri is a board-certified interventional radiologist with many years of experience performing minimally invasive vascular procedures and uterine fibroid embolization.

A Better Experience—Dr. Kasthuri and his seasoned staff pride themselves on providing a great experience for our patients, taking time to listen to their concerns and answer any questions they have. We will make sure you are safe and comfortable before, during, and after your procedure.

Less Downtime–UFE at NWES is an outpatient procedure, meaning you go back to the comfort of your home the same day. Dr. Kasthuri uses a unique strategy to numb the nerve near the uterus, greatly diminishing the pain experienced in what was once considered a painful procedure. Patients typically feel well and can return to most activities within one week of the procedure.

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD

Northwest Endovascular Surgery

Interventional Radiologist & Endovascular Surgeon located in Benton County, Richland, WA

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“My experience was fantastic. Dr. Kasthuri explained all procedures and took the time to answer all my questions.”

-Richard W.