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WOMEN’S HEALTH

Women’s health involves concerns that are unique to women and so is our way of addressing them. Our doctors are able to treat conditions such as uterine fibroids, pelvic venous insufficiency and varicose veins using image-guided techniques. This approach opens up new possibilities to those who are unable to have surgery or simply want a less invasive option.

Uterine Fibroids

By the age of 50, up to 80 percent of women will have uterine fibroids, but they are most commonly found in women in their forties and early fifties. Those who are overweight have a two to three-time higher risk of getting fibroids. They are muscular tumors that are almost always benign and vary in size, shape and number. While there is some uncertainty as to what causes fibroids, research suggests hormones and family history contribute to their growth. The effect of hormones during pregnancy increase the size and rate of growth; the loss of hormones during menopause appear to shrink or stop their growth.

Many women don’t even know they have them. But those with symptoms find them to be life altering. CiC offers minimally invasive treatments that block the artery feeding the tumor, the tumor shrinks and many go away over time.

Pelvic Venous Insufficiency

Chronic pelvic pain is more common than you may know. About 30% of all women will live with pain in their lower abdomen that lasts for more than six months. While there can be many causes, it may be pelvic venous insufficiency. It occurs when varicose veins form in the pelvic region. In many cases, it may be overlooked because the veins may not be visible.

The most successful treatment now available is pelvic vein embolization (PVE). PVE is a minimally invasive procedure. It blocks off the blood supply to the veins which may be causing the pain. PVE is providing significant improvement in relieving, and in many cases, eliminating the symptoms.

 

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One Team, Your Team

Joel R. Rainwater, MD
Joel R. Rainwater, MD

Chief Medical Officer

James R. McEown, MD
James R. McEown, MD

Internal & Emergency Medicine, Phlebology

Karen Garby, MD, RPhS
Karen Garby, MD, RPhS

Director of Venous Intervention

David Lopresti, MD
David Lopresti, MD

Medical Director, Interventional Radiology

Michael Switzer, MD
Michael Switzer, MD

Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialist

Michael H. Makki, DO, FACC
Michael H. Makki, DO, FACC

Interventional Cardiology

Jeff Braxton, MD, FACS
Jeff Braxton, MD, FACS
Kevin Duwe, MD
Kevin Duwe, MD

Interventional Radiology Endovascular Specialist

Christy Holmstrom, RRA, RPA
Christy Holmstrom, RRA, RPA