Lailla introduces herself and describes the uterine fibroid problems she experienced before her uterine artery embolization procedure.
Hi, my name is Lailla, and I used to have problems with fibroids and would like to share my story with you because this is really close to my heart. When I found out that there’s a procedure that’s called uterine fibroid embolization or also called uterine artery embolization.
It started out when I was bleeding a lot. Those are my symptoms, and each time that I would have my menses it takes me more than a week. So the bleeding was excessive, and I had to use tampons and pads at the same time or bring extra clothing because it would, you know, go through my clothes.
Until someone told me about this procedure, uterine fibroid embolization that he read in a newspaper, and so I read it and I went to my doctor, my GYN doctor, and he said, “Well, it’s probably not for you. You’re probably not going to be a candidate for it. Really, the thing that you really need to do is have a hysterectomy, and not partial but total hysterectomy.”
And I was so scared when he told me that, and I said, “Okay, just give me a moment. Give me at least maybe a few weeks to think about this because I want a second opinion, if you don’t mind.”
So he said, “Yeah, okay, go for it and just get back with me regarding your decision.” So I searched around and see, you know, where it’s done and who is doing it, and I found this interventional radiologist that does this procedure and I met with him. I brought my records, whatever diagnostic tests that showed my fibroids and all that, and then he explained to me in detail what it is and how it’s done.
And so I said, “You know what, I don’t want to, you know, have the big procedure, the surgery of hysterectomy.” I said, “Let’s try this and if it fails then I guess I am going to have that surgery.”
So I did. It was an outpatient procedure. It only lasted for like about 45 minutes and just a little nick and in my groin, and he explained to me step-by-step. I was, you know, half awake, half asleep while he was doing the procedure and I could see through the videos of where the little pellets that, you know, they use to block the blood flow to the fibroids.
And after that on my next month of menses it was just like normal, and it was amazing how this procedure worked for me, and it is not well known yet as far as I know; not everybody knows about it. So this is really a good time to really think about it, check on it and then, you know, talk to your doctor about it.
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