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Embolization

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Embolization

What is Embolization?

During embolization, blood flow is stopped in a managed approach, often with the use of latex balloons, chemical agents, or metal coils.

Also Known As:

  • Embolotherapy
  • Hemorrhage procedure

Conditions Treated with Embolization:

Embolization may be performed in cases of trauma, cerebral aneurysm, postpartum hemorrhage, internal bleeding, uterine fibroids, vascular malformations and distended scrotal vein bleeding.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Embolization:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to embolization. Sclerotherapy and laser phototherapy are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Embolization:

Embolization can be performed with a local anesthetic. It can also be performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Embolization:

Possible risks following embolization depend on the location of the procedure and can include metal coil displacement, organ death, miscarriage, infertility, liver failure, postembolization syndrome and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to have a negative reaction to the dye used to locate the bleeding and for the bleeding to recur.

Prognosis after Embolization:

The prognosis for a positive end result following embolization is good.

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