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Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are common benign tumors of the uterus, affecting up to 40% of women over the age of 30.  Although majority of women may not know that they have fibroids or are asymptomatic, many women suffer from a variety of symptoms including heavy menses (menonorrhagia), heavy and frequent menses (menometrorrhagia), pelvic pain, urinary frequency, or painful intercourse (dyspareunia).  Minimally invasive treatment is now available for which may avert the need for surgical hysterectomy.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment performed by an interventional radiologist using catheters and embolic material under fluoroscopic guidance.  Via a small incision in the upper thigh, a catheter is used to navigate to the uterine arteries which supply the fibroids.  Small embolic particles are then delivered to cutoff the blood supply to the fibroids while retaining the viability of the uterus.  UFE is performed in the interventional radiology suite at the hospital with conscious sedation.  Recovery is relatively short and patients are admitted overnight for observation and discharged the next morning.  Numerous studies have shown safe and excellent results for heavy menses, pelvic pain, and bulk related symptoms.

Cynthia Bailey from The Real Housewives of Atlanta had a UFE and was recently featured on The Doctors

 
A. Uterine fibroid embolization procedure: Catheter is selectively placed percutaneously into the uterine artery to deliver embolic material to block the blood flow to the fibroids.   B. Magnified view of the catheter positioned in the distal right uterine artery.
     
Contrast enhanced MR of the pelvis before (left image) and after (right image) uterine fibroid embolization. After 3 months, the fibroid (labeled) does not enhance and has decreased in size significantly.

 

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East Providence I-195 West On-ramp Closures
Posted: 04.02.18

As RIDOT replaces the Parkway Ramp Bridge in East Providence (see below for more information), they will need to close the I-195 West on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue in East Providence beginning Wednesday, April 4. Get detour information here.

Traffic heading north on the Parkway will follow a detour using Lyon Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway. Local traffic on the Parkway north of Lyon Avenue can use Mauran Avenue (the last street before the Parkway on-ramp) to Burgess Avenue to reach Warren Avenue and the detour route to Broadway.

Those heading to destinations on the East Side of Providence may wish to follow Valley Street to North Brow Street to Massasoit Avenue to use the Henderson Bridge as an alternate detour. Motorists also may wish to use Pawtucket Avenue or the Wampanoag Trail to the East Shore Expressway for I-195 West access.

The bridge replacement will be completed in late fall, however work on the nearby Washington Bridge will extend its reopening until the end of 2019.

Lung cancer expo highlights latest research, reinforces need for funding
Posted: 11.28.17

Despite lung cancer causing the most fatalities of any cancer in the United States, funding for lung cancer research has not drastically improved for many years. The American Lung Association drove home this message and other insights during the Lung Force Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, 2017.