Uterine Fibroid Embolization in Nigeria. Yes fibroid can now be treated without surgery in Nigeria. It can be done with a new technology performed by doctors (radiologists) and it is called Uterine Fibroid embolisation. It is a bloodless, clean, effective but an expensive procedure that requires training and special skills on the side of your doctor.
Before I continue, I assume you know already what fibroids are; fibroids are non cancerous tumours that grow from the muscle layers of the womb. They may be bean sized or be as big as a watermelon.
There are many treatment options for fibroids in Nigeria and surgery is the most popular especially for symptomatic fibroids. The problem is many women with fibroids are scared of going “under the knife” so they prefer an effective non-surgical method to get treated. If you are one of this women, worry no more! Uterine fibroid embolisation has come to the rescue! But first, we have to discuss it extensively: what is uterine fibroid embolization, how does it work, what are the benefits and the risks, who is eligible, where and what is the cost of uterine fibroid embolization in Nigeria?
Normally fibroids masses have a rich blood supply and cutting-off or blocking the blood supply will shrink the fibroid mass. Embolisation is the blocking of the blood flow to the fibroid in order to shrink or completely make it go away.
It is done in the theatre and requires 2-3 days hospital stay. The procedure involves the doctor inserting a catheter through your groin into your femoral artery and manoeuvring it to your uterine artery ( the artery that supply/feed the fibroid). On getting to the uterine arteries, your doctor will inject some chemicals that look like pellets to block the arteries. Just like a man without food or nutrients will die of starvation, the fibroid masses will shrink and begin to die and the uterus fully recovers. Uterine fibroid embolization as a method of fibroid treatment in Nigeria is simply the cutting-off “food supply” to fibroid so they can starve, shrink and die. The woman becomes better for it. It is done under local anaesthesia meaning you will be wide awake during the procedure. To allay your fear or anxiety, the doctor will give you some sedatives to calm you down. The whole procedure takes about 90minutes in the theatre.
About 90 percent of women have a good report or feedback. Following a good embolisation, there is marked reduction in the size of the fibroid after 6 months. The heavy bleeding you experience will disappear immediately in most cases, and there is no recurrence usually. Pain plus pelvic pressure symptoms like constipation and frequent urination will also disappear.
Uterine fibroid embolization in spite of the benefits, is not suitable for every Nigerian woman.
Uterine fibroid embolisation is very good and comes highly recommended for the Nigerian woman that craves fibroid treatment/cure without surgery or operation.
As at now, only Cedarcrest Hospitals performs the procedure in the whole country and if not West Africa. They have branches in Abuja, Lagos, and Asaba.
they are located at No 2, Sam Mbakwe Street, Gudu District, Apo, Abuja, Nigeria
No 25A Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Call: 08095151353, 08093931949
How much is uterine fibroid embolization in Nigeria? In a bid to get an answer to this question, I put a call through to Cedarcrest Hospital Branch in Lagos, the man that picked the call told me the cost of uterine fibroid embolization at Cedarcrest hospitals is individualized(depends on the woman) and depends on the stage of the fibroid. He said clients have to come for evaluation and investigations before the cost of the procedure can be reached and disclosed to them and not what can just be disclosed over the phone. He didn’t want the price of the procedure in Cedarcrest hospital to be underquoted.
Now my opinion:
Putting into consideration, the admission fee, drugs, consultation, tests, and the fact that few hospitals have the expertise for the procedure, the cost of uterine fibroid embolization in Nigeria will be around #800,000- #1,000,000 naira or a little less.
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