Women’s Health

The specialists at VIA have expertise in the latest minimally invasive treatment for various vascular and nonvascular conditions affecting women’s health. Most of our procedures are performed in the comfort of our office-based lab setting.

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Uterine Fibroids

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a safe, minimally invasive, image-guided procedure that Dr. Azher Iqbal uses to treat symptoms of uterine fibroids. Fibroid tumors are benign (noncancerous) growths of the uterine wall. Their size ranges from very tiny to very large. In some cases, they can cause the uterus to grow to the size of a five-month pregnancy or more. 

During this procedure, a tiny puncture is made in the skin of the groin and a catheter (small tube) is inserted into an artery. The catheter is then guided through the artery to the uterus using a live X-ray (fluoroscopy). Tiny particles (the size of grains of sand) are released into the artery that is supplying blood to the fibroid, thus cutting off blood flow to the fibroid. This results in eventual shrinkage of fibroids. The procedure is performed while the patient is conscious but sedated. Patient is released home the same day after a few hours of observation. Many women are able to return to normal activities within one week. 


  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods and unusual monthly bleeding, sometimes with clots
  • Pelvic pain, pressure or heaviness
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bladder pressure and frequent urge to urinate 
  • Constipation and bloating
  • Enlarged abdomen


Uterine fibroids are very common. 20 to 40 percent of women over the age of 35 have uterine fibroids of a significant size. African-American women are at higher risk for fibroids and as many as 50 percent have symptomatic fibroids.

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