Google+ Uterine fibroid embolization as alternative to surgery
  • Embolization

    Fibroid Care is a collective resource in South Africa specializing in Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), also known as Uterine Artery Embolization. We have partnered with several hospitals in South Africa to offer this specialized service to patients across the country and in their home-towns. These include Pretoria Heart Mediclinic and Somerset West Vergelegen Mediclinic in Cape Town. Fibroid Care has also partnered with Welwitschia Hospital in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

    The procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery for the control of symptomatic uterine fibroids. The purpose of ...

  • Consultancy

    Fibroid Care is a consultancy and collective resource designed to create awareness of Uterine Fibroid embolization as an excellent alternative to surgery for certain women suffering from fibroids.  We group the leading practitioners in this field and hospitals in order to bring specialized services to our patients.  Whilst we specialize in Uterine Fibroid Embolization, we are well positioned to work with you to help make the correct treatment choice for your unique situation.

    Below are links to several recent journal articles that we feel might be informative if you are looking at the evidenc...

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  • What are Uterine Fibroids?

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous, benign growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years, usually between 20-55 years. Also called leiomyomas (lie-o-my-O-muhs) or myomas, uterine fibroids aren't associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer and almost never develop into cancer.

    Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus (myometrium). A single cell divides repeatedly, eventually creating a firm, rubbery mass distinct from nearby tissue. The growth patterns of uterine fibroids vary — they may grow slowly or rapidly, or they may remain the s...

  • Treatment Choices

    There's no single best approach to uterine fibroid treatment — many treatment options exist. If you have symptoms, talk with your doctor about options for symptom relief.

    Most fibroids do not require treatment unless they are causing symptoms. After menopause, fibroids shrink and it is unusual for fibroids to cause problems.

    Symptomatic uterine fibroids can be treated by:



  • Dr A Lawson

    Specialist Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

  • What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

    Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization, is a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. In UFE, a doctor uses a small flexible tube (catheter) to inject tiny particles into the uterine arteries, which supply blood to your fibroids. The goal is to block tiny vessels that lead to your fibroids, starve the fibroids and cause them to die. Without their blood supply, the fibroids shrink and painful symptoms are alleviated.

    Ideal candidates for this procedure include women with symptomatic fibroids who wish to avoid surgical intervention and are lookin...

  • Dr Paul Rischbieter

    Medical Doctor based in Pretoria 

  • How do I decide?

    Fibroid Care physicians are happy to meet with anyone requesting a consultation. 

    Whilst we are specialists in Uterine Fibroid Embolization, we will always let you know if this treatment is not the best option for your situation. 

    Fibroid Care operates as an independent services consultancy. 

    If you are ready to procede with a consultation, come prepared by reviewing the following information:


    It is a good idea to prepare in advance for your appointment.

    What you can do

    • Make a list of any symptoms you're experiencing; bleeding, pain, passing clots, constipation, bloating,...

  • Vergelegen Mediclinic

    Somerset West, Western Cape

  • Dr J Olarogun

    Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

  • On the day...

    On the evening before the procedure, don’t eat or drink after midnight. If you’re taking medications, ask your doctor if you should stop taking them before or after the procedure.

    On the morning of the procedure you will be met by the interventional radiology team as well as the nursing and radiographic staff who will assist with the procedure. You will have an intravenous drip inserted which will allow the administration of necessary medication, including for pain relief medication and antibiotics as needed. 

    In the radiology procedure room, a staff member places a needle attached to a slen...

  • Dr S Ahmad

    Consultant Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

  • Netcare Ferncrest Hospital

    Rustenberg, North West Province

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  • Dr C Cluver


    Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (OBGYN)

  • We hope our video will help you understand more about Uterine Fibroids and their treatment.


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    Due to the relatively new nature of uterine fibroid or artery embolization in Africa, many gynaecologists are not familiar with this treatment option.

    This video is designed to give you a summary of how we treat symptomatic uterine fibroids with embolization. It demonstrates the minimally invasive nature of the procedure and how it can be selected as an alte...


Fibroid Treatment is available in South Africa

There are many options for treating uterine fibroids, also known as leiomyoma. Fibroid Care focuses on uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE). Embolization is a minimally invasive treatment that preserves the uterus, and hence, the possibility of prenanacy after fibroid treatment. Our doctors perform UFE in communities in South Africa such as Pretoria and Cape Town, and in Nambia. We are specialists in our fields.

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