Uterine fibroid embolization

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UFE is a procedure by which the blood vessels feeding the fibroid are blocked, thereby cutting their blood supply. This causes the fibroid to shrink. UFE is minimally invasive as compared to hysterectomy…

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This causes the fibroid to shrink. UFE is minimally invasive as compared to hysterectomy. UFE is performed under local anesthesia and hence recovery time is much shorter than that required for surgery under general anesthesia. Blood loss is also minimal. UFE does not require any surgical incision. Chances are really rare that the fibroids regrow after a UFE. UFE may cause damage to the arteries. There is a low risk of bleeding and/or infection at the puncture site. The specific aim of this project was also to learn the different factors that go into producing a patient information leaflet. The whole project was an endeavour at learning extensively about an increasingly common medical condition in women, i.e., uterine fibroids, and then simplifying the knowledge and presenting it for the education of the layperson. The efforts included extensive research of knowledge sources, interviews with health professionals including obstetricians, gynaecologists, fertility specialists, general physicians, interventional radiologists and nursing staff, interviews with women who have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids including those who are anticipating treatment, those who are considering treatment and those who have undergone treatment. Interviews were done of women who were not diagnosed with the condition also to gauge the general awareness on the topic and to determine to what extent the layperson should be educated. ...
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