There is a quick, painless, and minimally-invasive alternative to surgery that reduces or eliminates fibroids, available locally at Family Medicine Center.

Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. While they are almost always benign, if left untreated, they can grow in both size and number causing severe cramping, bleeding, and other debilitating symptoms.

Traditionally, women in The Bahamas who were suffering with fibroids only had surgical options or had to go abroad for treatment. Women have undergone hysterectomies and myomectomies or else just accepted their condition and struggled through their lives with it. However, since 2021, there has been a safe, minimally invasive, non-surgical, and highly-effective treatment available here in The Bahamas through Family Medicine Center.

It’s called uterine artery emobolization (UAE) and Interventional Radiologist Dr. Mikhail Higgins performed the first one in The Bahamas in July 2021 – with great success. During the uterine artery embolization, a two to three-millimeter incision is made in the skin without surgery, through which the blood supply to the fibroids is cut off – forcing the fibroids to decrease. It’s a uterus-saving procedure that offers quicker, easier recovery than surgery. Women in The Bahamas who have had this procedure are calling it a miracle and “life-changing”.

UAE is a relatively simple and common procedure but was never previously available locally. Now it is.

“My goal is to serve people through my skill set, and one of a variety of conditions I treat that happens to be an epidemic in The Bahamas,” said Dr. Higgins.

Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization:

  • Uterus saving procedure
  • Effective for large and multiple fibroids
  • Recurrence of treated fibroids is rare
  • Normally performed as an outpatient procedure
  • Covered by the majority of insurance companies
Dr. Higgens and patient Tamisha Knowles
UAE Patient Tamisha Knowles & Dr. Mikhail Higgins, Interventional Radiologist

Tamisha Knowles shares her personal life-changing experience in treating her fibroids without surgery. The Uterine Artery Embolization procedure is a safe, minimally-invasive, innovative treatment for fibroids available in the Bahamas since July 2021 through Dr. Mikhail Higgins at Family Medicine Center. Read more here: Fibroids & Uterine Artery Embolization: One Woman’s Experience

Common Symptoms of Fibroids:

  • Increased menstrual cramping
  • Increased urination
  • Heavy bleeding during or between your period
  • Pain during intercourse

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call 702-9310 and talk to us. Untreated uterine fibroids can cause serious complications such as anemia or chronic pelvic pain and may also impact pregnancy.

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