Foley Catheter Use During UFE Can Send You To The ER

Dr. John Lipman of the Atlanta Fibroid Center has over 30 years of experience performing uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). In fact, he is known as one of the world’s leading experts and has performed over 10,000 of these procedures.

Because Dr. Lipman has specialized in the UFE procedure, his extensive expertise enables him to complete the procedure in under 45 minutes. Patient safety is of utmost concern at the Atlanta Fibroid Center, and to mitigate the risks of post-procedure infection, Dr. Lipman does not use a Foley catheter during UFE.

Patients Sometimes End Up In The ER After UFE For UTIs

A recent post on social media was written by a woman who underwent uterine fibroid embolization at a fibroid treatment center (not the Atlanta Fibroid Center) and developed serious pain after UFE. From the details she provided, she was experiencing more than the normal amount of discomfort expected during UFE recovery.

She revealed in her post that this was her second trip to the ER and that most of the symptoms she was experiencing were caused by a serious UTI (urinary tract infection) resulting from the catheter used during her UFE procedure.

What Are The Risks Associated With Using A Catheter During UFE?

Urinary catheters are used during operations to prevent the patient’s bladder from spontaneously emptying while they are undergoing surgery. Obviously, for longer surgeries, they cannot be avoided, but interventional radiologists specializing in performing UFE can complete the procedure quickly enough that the use of a urinary catheter is not necessary.

Common Issues And Complications That Occur With Urinary Catheter Use

  • A severe UTI (urinary tract infection) can affect the bladder, urethra, or kidneys;
  • Urethra injury;
  • Bladder injury;
  • Urosepsis, which is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition where the infection spreads from the urinary tract to the bloodstream;
  • Allergic reaction to the latex catheter.

What Are The Symptoms Of A UTI?

Urinary tract infections can seem to come out of nowhere, and you can quickly develop symptoms like the ongoing urgent need to urinate. Still, it feels as if your bladder will not empty, a burning sensation when you urinate, or discolored or cloudy urine that may have a bad smell. Severe UTI symptoms in females can include a fever, chills, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

UTIs that cause symptoms like burning, pain, or frequent urination rarely go away without antibiotics. Delaying treatment can lead to prolonged discomfort and persistent bladder issues, even after the infection clears. In some cases, untreated UTIs can allow bacteria to spread to the kidneys, causing more serious infections, and they can even work their way into the bloodstream, which could lead to death.

If you are experiencing any symptoms you feel may be caused by a UTI, it is important to visit your doctor and have a urine culture done. This simple test can identify the presence of bacteria in the urine, and your doctor will start you on antibiotics to get it under control before it gets worse.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Fibroid Center Offers The Best And Safest Fibroid Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids and are looking for treatment options, uterine fibroid embolization is a safe and effective treatment that permanently eliminates fibroids without surgery.

UFE involves blocking the blood supply to the fibroids to shrink them, which requires expert skills and extensive knowledge of the vascular system. You must choose an experienced interventional radiologist (IR) to ensure the procedure is performed safely and to avoid unexpected results and complications. Make sure to ask the center you are considering if they use a Foley catheter during the procedure, because it may be an indication that their procedure will take longer and may be a sign of a less experienced doctor.

At Atlanta Fibroid Center, we instruct our patients to urinate immediately before their procedure and again before they are discharged to go home. Our interventional radiologists possess the highest level of expertise and have extensive experience in uterine fibroid embolization, so they are able to complete the UFE procedure in under an hour. This eliminates the need for a Foley catheter and significantly lowers the risk of post-procedure complications.

The Atlanta Fibroid Center can help you get rid of your fibroids in the least invasive and safest way possible. You can trust that you are in the hands of knowledgeable, seasoned experts like Dr. John Lipman and Dr. R. Mitchell Ermentrout. Set up a consultation to meet with us today, and let us help you break free from fibroid symptoms and get your life back.

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