A Quick Guide on Embolization Procedures and What to Expect

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In light of First Lady Melania Trump undergoing a successful embolization procedure, Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute thought it would be insightful to explain what an embolization procedure is. Furthemore, we’d also like to shed light on how the procedure is performed, what the recovery is like, and if it’s right for you. In fact, take a look at this quick guide, and if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our trained medical professionals.

What is Embolization?

While there are many embolization procedures available, at its core an embolization reduces or cuts off the blood supply to a tumor or abnormal growth. This may include, but is not limited to, kidney lesions, liver lesions, and uterine fibroids. Embolization treatments can also be used to obstruct the blood flow when it comes to surgical bleeding, splenic ruptures, postpartum bleeding, a cerebral aneurysm, and more. And finally, an embolization can also be useful in remedying benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate.

How is an Embolization Performed?

Depending on what area of the body or what organ the embolization is being performed on, the interventional radiologist will create a tiny incision to give access to the arteries. In a uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), for example, the IR will cut an incision in the groin area, placing a small tube (catheter) into the incision to guide it to the fibroid tumor. The embolic material will then be injected into the catheter to prevent blood flow to the fibroids. Without a steady blood supply then fibroids will shrink. The entire procedure can be done in an hour or less but usually requires an overnight hospital stay.

What is Recovery Like?

Unless the patient is experiencing a considerable amount of pain, she will be able to leave the hospital in 24 hours or less. Women who undergo an embolization of fibroid tumors are likely to endure cramps and sometimes even severe pain for up to 12 hours after the procedure. Aside from that, patients can resume normal activities within one week.

Contact Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute

Embolization procedures are not right for everyone. Therefore, it’s important to talk to an Interventional Radiologist from Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute to find out if you can be treated. Call us today to schedule a free consultation by dialing 215-695-4169.