Henry Mayo Offers New PAE and UFE Treatments

As Santa Clarita continues to grow, Henry Mayo is proud to serve its evolving population. Among Henry Mayo’s most recent care options are minimally invasive procedures to treat uterine fibroids and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 

Uterine fibroids are benign lumps of tissue and muscle that form in and around the uterus; symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, anemia, abdominal pain, urinary frequency, pain during sexual intercourse, constipation and bloating. Uterine fibroids are the most common solid pelvic tumor, causing symptoms in 25 percent of women of reproductive age. 

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment. During the procedure, patients are given medication to relax, but remain awake. An interventional radiologist uses a slender tube to inject embolic agents into the uterine arteries, which supply blood to the fibroids and uterus. The goal is to block the fibroid blood vessels, causing them to shrink and relieving symptoms.

UFE is a safe procedure for treating symptomatic fibroids with minimal risk. The most reported complications are temporary absence of menstrual periods; short-term allergic reaction/rash; vaginal discharge/infection; mistargeted embolization (when the embolic agent reaches healthy tissue); fibroid passage; and post-embolization syndrome, which can include low-grade fever, pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. There is a 96 percent success rate for UFE, with 
80 to 90 percent patient satisfaction.

BPH is a noncancerous enlargement in the prostate gland. It is common and prevalence increases with age. More than 50 percent of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent over 70 experience some symptoms. The condition causes lower urinary frequency, incomplete emptying of the bladder, inability to urinate, pain with urination and urinary incontinence, among other issues.

One successful way to combat BPH is through prostate artery embolization (PAE). PAE is a minimally invasive treatment that can help improve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. The procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist who uses imaging technology to treat conditions through the blood vessels, without the need for surgery. During a PAE procedure, patients are given medication to help them relax, but remain awake and comfortable throughout. There are some risks associated with PAE. Most patients experience mild to moderate post-embolic syndrome, which can include a low-grade fever, burning during urination and frequent urination. There is a 90 percent success rate for PAE. IYH

To set up a consultation to discuss UFE or PAE treatments, call 661.200.1650 or visit our website