CHESAPEAKE, Va - For two years Kesha Byrd suffered with severe cramps, and amenstrual flow so heavy she feared overnight pads wouldn't beenough.
"The fibroids were so horrible that one of the fibroids waspushing down on my uterus and bladder and every two or threeseconds I would just be constantly going to the restroom," shesaid.
One option her Gynecologist presented was a hysterectomy.
"And of course being 28 I was distraught because I love kids andi've always wanted to have my own," Kesha said.
She opted instead for uterine fibroid embolization.Interventional Radiologist Victor Lewis does up to 10 a week atChesapeake Regional Medical Center.
"Our mission when we do a uterine fibroid embolization is to cutoff blood flow to the fibroids," he told us.
The doctor makes a tiny incision near the groin, inserts acatheter and feeds tiny particles through it to the arteries thatsupply blood to the fibroids. The particles are no bigger then agrain of sand and back up in the artery to block blood flow.
"Once the blood supply is cut off to the fibroids, the fibroidsno longer function," said Dr. Lewis.
Which means Kesha doesn't feel the pain and since she still hasher uterus she still has her dreams of motherhood.
"I see that I will have children, so I'm very Very pleased, veryhappy, I'm overwhelmed!"
Like any procedure there is some risk involved with UFE,including infection. In severe cases it may require a hysterectomy,but most women go home the next day and are recovered in a coupleof weeks versus a couple of months with a hysterectomy.
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