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A hysterectomy is not your only choice. Uterine fibroid emobilization (UFE) opens the door to a less invasive option. The outpatient procedure typically lasts less than an hour and shrinks the fibroids with just a tiny incision in the skin. Find out if UFE is right for you.

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Briana W Patient

I was so impressed with this clinic and Dr. Antani and his staff. I had been going to the GWU vascular center (had laser ablation and other procedures there) and switched for various reasons. I found the time Dr. Antani spent with me to explain things and consider the options for my varicose and spider veins to be of such greater quality and duration than the service I got at GWU. He truly considered my case and provided me with great options. I highly recommend them for both medical and cosmetic treatments.

David R Patient

Dr.Antani and his staff were fantastic and very patient, kind and welcoming. They took much time in explaining information and details of procedures. I felt very comfortable and pleased with my treatment and experience with them. A very caring and kind practice. Very professional.

Christa Z Patient

Dr Antani performed sclerotherapy not once but three times over the past month and each time, he was so patient and kind. He fully explains the procedure, what is causing it and all options. I had a very stubborn vein (why I ended up back there 3 times - no fault of his) and he really took the time to make sure it was treated. Ashley, the office manager and Gretchen in Springfield were so kind and accommodating. There was never a long wait to be seen and the practice is very professional. They have a good deal on their website for new sclerotherapy patients which is what had originally brought me in.

Marie P Patient

Great Doctor, nurses and office rep! They let you know every step and no waiting. So glad I got my legs done.

Jennifer M Patient

Dr. Antani is a very knowledgeable and capable doctor. He was also very nice and patient with me when I asked a ton of questions! His staff is also very nice and responsive. Sometimes my appointment gets pushed back 15 minutes depending on their schedule, but they always let me know in advance. And I've never waited very long to be seen. I got venous ablation and sclerotherapy done in his office, as I had bad varicose veins under my skin (and a few spider veins), which would only become more troublesome and noticable over time. Needless to say, the procedure was a success! My legs feel much better (not as swollen, much lighter, no pain!). Thanks Dr. Antani!

Janet R Patient

Dr. Antani is a true professional! He knows what he is doing! He will explain each procedure, what to expect during and after, and next steps. No rushing in and out. They follow-up to see how you're doing and to answer any questions. Plus the office staff is very pleasant and helpful. (

Terry B Patient

The staff was amazing! (Groupon)

Mary W Patient

Could not be more pleased with our experience with Dr. Antani and his entire staff. Top notch care. (

Silvia C Patient

I came to the office for a free screening and Dr. Antani was really helpful, he took his time to explain the procedure with much details and patience (which I didn't receive at other facilities). This was the main reason why I became a patient to their office. Additionally, staff is friendly and provides flexible hours.

Ronald P Patient

Doctor Antani and his staff are highly professional and competent. Friendly too. I have no complaints. (

Kristen B Patient

The doctor spoke frankly about the prognosis and risks of sclerotherapy, and the procedure was performed by a nurse (Kim) who was very friendly, helpful and thorough. Pain wise, I would say it is comparable to laser vein removal since you are injected in the spider veins multiple times with a very small needle - just felt like quick little pricks or being snapped with a rubber band, but very tolerable in my opinion.

Janet R Patient

Warm welcome. Explained process and procedure with great detail. (Groupon)

What Are Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumors within the female reproductive system. While the majority of uterine fibroids are diagnosed and treated in women between the ages of 35 and 54, fibroids can occur in women under the age of 35.

A fibroid starts as a normal muscle cell in the uterus. For unknown reasons, this single cell grows and multiplies into a cluster of cells that form the fibroid. Fibroids are stimulated to grow by estrogen (a hormone produced by the ovaries) and blood flow.  The UFE procedure helps shrink fibroids which in turn mitigates symptoms.

Risk Factors For Developing Fibroids

Below is a list of risk factors:

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization Treatment

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical permanent treatment for fibroids. Compared to the surgical options, UFE results in fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and a far quicker recovery time. Long term data show that 90 to 95% of women who have the UFE procedure report ongoing satisfaction and significant or total symptomatic relief for many years following the procedure.

UFE is performed through a tiny puncture either in the femoral artery in the groin, or in the radial artery at the wrist. The radial artery puncture is a newer technique, and allows the patient to get off the procedure table quicker and also to position themselves more comfortably on the recovery bed.

Under fluoroscopic (xray) guidance, the interventional radiologist guides a wire and catheter into the uterine arteries on both sides (which supply the fibroids), and injects small particle, the size of grains of sand, that block the blood supply to the fibroids, causing the fibroid to shrink and die. The outpatient procedure is performed in about an hour in our on-site vascular suite, and the patient is awake but sedated and comfortable. Heavy periods usually take a few cycles to lessen. Patients can usually resume normal activity after a week (as opposed to a hysterectomy which usually requires a much longer recovery time).

After the procedure, the patient is prescribed medications to help control the cramping and pain that may develop. Light activities can be resumed in a few days, and most women return to normal activities in 7 to 10 days.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has designated and approved UFE as a first-line treatment option for uterine fibroids.

At VidaVascular, our physicians are among the most experienced in the entire region at performing these procedures. Call us today to schedule a free screening for this and other conditions at a VidaVascular office in Northern Virginia (convenient to Springfield, Annandale, Alexandria, Fairfax, Arlington, Burke, Lorton & Woodbridge) or Maryland (convenient to White Plains, Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Fort Washington, National Harbor & Oxon Hill).