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September 20, 2017  
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  • Fibroids1: How is the uterine fibroid embolization procedure done?
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Fibroid embolization is a procedure where an Interventional Radiologist (IR) inserts a very small tube called a catheter into the arteryusually at the top of the thigh. Using intermittent x-ray guidance, we move this tube, about the size of a linguini, through the arteries until its positioned within the artery that feeds the uterus. At that point small, tiny little plastic beads are injected through the tubethese are about half a millimeter in size---and they block off the blood supply to the fibroids. When deprived of blood, like any other tissue, the fibroids die and shrink into a scar. As they shrink, the symptoms associated with the fibroid get better.
    Dr. Neil Khilnani: Fibroid embolization is a procedure where an Interventional Radiologist (IR) inserts a very small tube called a catheter into the arteryusually at the top of the thigh. Using intermittent x-ray guidance, we move this tube, about the size of a linguini, through the arteries until its positioned within the artery that feeds the uterus. At that point small, tiny little plastic beads are injected through the tubethese are about half a millimeter in size---and they block off the blood supply to the fibroids. When deprived of blood, like any other tissue, the fibroids die and shrink into a scar. As they shrink, the symptoms associated with the fibroid get better.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

    Dr. Neil Khilnani


    Dr. Khilnani is an Interventional Radiologist at Cornell Vascular and an Associate Professor at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has been with Cornell since finishing his training at Columbia in 1992. His clinical interests are in the minimally invasive treatment of uterine fibroid tumors and lower extremity varicose veins. He currently performs all of the uterine fibroid embolizations at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Center and will be directing the clinical and research efforts of this institution in treating fibroids with MR Guided Focused Ultrasound.

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