Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Cedarcrest Hospital Offers Uterine Artery Embolisation

A new hospital in Lagos- Cedarcrest hospital is currently making waves with Uterine Fibroid Embolisation (UBE).

The medical director of Cedarcrest Hospitals Ltd, Dr. Felix Ogedengbe said the new hospital was established in the state to stem the increasing rate of Nigerians travelling out of the country to seek medical treatment.

However, Cedarcrest hospital is not the first private hospital in Lagos to boast of the UBE technique. Another hospital, South Shore Women's Clinic in Victoria Island began the method several months ago.

From all indications, Cedarcrest is set to beat even Reddington hospital in VIP care with  all its state of the art machines which include a CT scanner, MRI machine, bone densitometre, nerve conduction machine amongst others.

The medical director also said, plans are afoot to expand the 20 bed facility in the specialist hospital to a 100 bed facility that can accept helicopters and bring trauma patients into the hospital.

Why is UBE so special?

Because it's not as invasive as a surgery and it allows the removal of all fibroids in 1 hour or less without the usual complications associated with surgery.

How is it done?

A doctor (usually a Vascular Interventional Radiologist) anaesthesizes the skin over your radial or femoral artery.

Next step, he makes a cut in the skin over your wrist or groin area, and passes a small tube, called a catheter into the radial or femoral artery. The embolizing agent made of plastic or gelatin sponge are then released through the catheter into the arteries that supply blood to the fibroid.

This causes blood flow to the fibroid to slow significantly or cease altogether, causing the fibroid to shrink. The process can be repeated for as many arteries as are supplying the fibroid and it is done bilaterally from the initial puncture site to reduce the chances of failure.

Apparently, women love the new treatment and are already turning up in droves at the hospital.

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