Women's Health Interventions
Interventional Radiology at UI Health specializes in utilizing image-guided procedures to treat health issues unique to women, including:
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that often develop in the wall of the uterus. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the patient's femoral artery through the groin, and a dye also is given to the patient. The dye flows through the patient's arteries, acting as a map for guiding the catheter. Once the catheter reaches the fibroid, a solution is injected into the artery to shrink and kill the fibroids, allowing the uterus to recover.
Fallopian Tube Recanalization
When a woman's fallopian tubes become blocked, it is necessary to open the blocked tubes. During this procedure, a catheter is placed into the fallopian tube, and a dye is used to help guide the catheter to the blockage. A solution is then injected into the blockage, which clears the blocked fallopian tube.
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Damaged veins that can no longer receive blood flow to the pelvis can cause pain for female patients. To close off these damaged veins, an interventional radiologist inserts a catheter into the patient's femoral vein to reach the damaged veins. Once located, a blood clotting agent is delivered in order to seal the damaged veins.