Have you ever wondered about conception after a UFE procedure? Dr. Shah answers that question in our latest video.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical treatment that is an alternative to a myomectomy or hysterectomy. Our own Dr. Shrenik Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology. He has been in practice since 2011 and has been providing his services to Preferred Vascular Group since 2018. He has done hundreds of UFE procedures.
UFE is effective in reducing symptoms in more than 85% of cases. While making a decision about having a UFE, women who are considering the procedure want to be informed about all aspects of their decision. Recently, Dr. Shah released a video to answer a common question he receives. Many women want to know if this procedure affects the ability to get pregnant.
Dr. Shah says “A question a lot of patients ask me is, ‘How will this procedure – the uterine fibroid embolization – impact my ability to get pregnant and have children in the future?”
The reason that many patients ask about the impact of UFE on fertility is that “Long ago there was this notion that the uterine fibroid embolization had a negative effect on pregnancy,” he says. Patients can rest assured that “many, many recent studies have shown that this is not the case.”
But Dr. Shah wants women to know that not only have recent studies indicated no negative link, there is evidence of the opposite effect. He shares that “In fact, many recent studies have demonstrated that this procedure can actually help with a successful pregnancy if fibroids are the thing that are causing a pregnancy not to be able to occur in the first place.”
Of course, this may not be the case for every patient. Dr. Shah goes on to relate that “there is no guarantee that this procedure can definitely lead to a successful pregnancy but it can certainly help in the right circumstance.” As compared to the alternative surgical treatments for uterine fibroids, UFE is “uterus-sparing.” Leaving the uterus in place preserves the chance of becoming pregnant for those women who desire to have children.
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Dr. Shrenik Shah is a native of Boston and graduate of the University of Chicago and Albany Medical College. He completed three years of general surgery residency and four years of diagnostic radiology at Temple University, followed by a comprehensive fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
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