The FTC Difference

The Fibroid Treatment

Collective Difference

Curing Fibroids From the Inside Out

The Fibroid Treatment Collective is a medical group of fibroid experts dedicated to curing fibroids with minimally invasive therapy. We performed the very first Uterine Fibroid Embolization in America, and every year we add to the number of patients who get fibroid relief without major surgery. Below is a general outline for our treatment protocol:

Continuity of Care

At the FTC, your entire treatment is handled, start to finish, by the same physician and medical team. We have found this unique ‘one team, one patient’ approach offers more consistent, more comprehensive care for fibroid patients.

Evaluation

Before Fibroid Embolization, all patients are thoroughly evaluated to ensure the procedure is right for them. This includes a review of their medical history, general physical condition and any other information pertinent to the case.

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Examination

The patient undergoes complete pelvic imaging, either ultrasound or MRI, to measure the size of the uterus and look for any other conditions that might be affecting their health.

Embolization

Embolization is an out-patient procedure, usually performed under local anesthetic. A tiny incision (roughly 1 centimeter) in your upper thigh allows a tiny catheter to be inserted into the femoral artery. Using x-ray guidance, a trained physician locates the feeder vessels which supply blood to each fibroid. Microscopic, inert particles are injected to block these vessels. Without a steady blood supply and oxygen, the fibroids begin to starve and shrink.

Monitoring

Recovery time is generally 2-3 days (as opposed to a 6 week recovery after major surgery such as myomectomy or hysterectomy). After embolization, patients are evaluated within the first week, again at six weeks and once more at six months to track the rate of fibroid shrinkage.

The worst thing about having fibroids was feeling like there was an alien inside of me. I had such horrible cramps. I had a feeling of heaviness, a feeling of being totally out of control. It was devastating to my social life and to my professional life …

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