From the treatment of uterine fibroids to other causes of pelvic pain, interventional radiologists at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital play many roles in the care of women’s health. Surgery was historically the only treatment available for many women’s health issues, but today interventional radiologists help women avoid open procedures by offering minimally invasive therapies. Two such common therapies are uterine artery embolization for fibroids or adenomyosis, and the treatment of pelvic congestion syndrome.

Uterine fibroids can present with a multitude of symptoms, most commonly heavy or prolonged bleeding and/or pelvic pain. Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow in the uterus of many women. Women are often candidates for the uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) procedure where blood flow to the fibroid tumor is blocked without having to undergo surgery or removal of the uterus (hysterectomy). The procedure is essentially identical for the treatment of adenomyosis, whether fibroids are also present or in the case of adenomyosis alone.

A second common problem for women is chronic pelvic pain, which approximately one-third of all women will experience in their lifetimes. The pain is sometimes due to hard-to-detect varicose veins in the pelvic area, known as pelvic congestion syndrome. Interventional radiologists can seal the abnormal veins using embolization, again with a minimally invasive procedure performed as an outpatient.

For further information or to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist, please contact the interventional radiology department at 202-444-5478.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids can present with a multitude of symptoms, most commonly heavy or prolonged bleeding and/or pelvic pain. Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow in the uterus of many women. Women are often candidates for the uterine fibroid embolization procedure where blood flow to the fibroid tumor is blocked without having to undergo surgery or removal of the uterus (hysterectomy).

Pelvic Congestion Syndrome

A second common problem for women is chronic pelvic pain, which approximately one-third of all women will experience in their lifetimes. The pain is sometimes due to hard-to-detect varicose veins in the pelvic area, known as pelvic congestion syndrome. Interventional radiologists can seal the abnormal veins using embolization, again with a minimally invasive procedure performed as an outpatient.

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For further information or to schedule a consultation with an interventional oncologist, please contact the interventional radiology department at

202-444-5478