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About Interventional Radiology
Much smaller incisions. Less risk. Less pain. And much quicker recoveries.
Interventional radiologist Dr. Grubbs (Sarasota Interventional Radiology Clinic) uses sophisticated, state-of-the-art X-ray and other imaging devices to guide tiny catheters and other small instruments through the body to diagnose and treat disease without surgery. Dr. Grubbs and others have advanced procedures that once required more invasive surgery.
In some cases, new interventional radiology procedures can be used to deliver cancer-fighting therapy directly to the site of the tumor.
Using his expertise in reading X-rays, ultrasound and other imaging technology, Dr. Grubbs (Sarasota Interventional Radiology Clinic) is able to guide small instruments such as catheters – tubes that measure just a few millimeters in diameter – through blood vessels and veins to treat disease percutaneously (through the skin) in a manner much less invasive, and much less costly, than traditional surgeries.
The Benefits of Interventional Radiology
It is one thing to say a treatment will improve the quality of your life. It is another to know the stories of those who have experienced it first-hand
While the advantages of Interventional Radiology vary from treatment to treatment, these affect everyone:
- You’re back home sooner because most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
- Because the procedure is minimally invasive there is less pain post-procedure.
- There is less risk because general anesthesia usually is not required.
- You can resume your everyday activities sooner because recovery times are often significantly reduced.
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
Interventional Radiologist Dr. Gerald Grubbs
A native of Tennessee Dr. Grubbs (Sarasota Interventional Radiology Clinic) attended college and medical school there before going on to complete his residency at the University of Tennessee in Diagnostic Radiology.
Excited at how the new field of interventional radiology was revolutionizing minimally invasive surgery – and by the benefits it held for patients – the doctor took a Fellowship in Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at the Baptist Hospital of Miami. It was there he learned the basics of many of the procedures he’s now performing. In 1993, after completing his Fellowship, Dr. Grubbs received his Board Certification in Interventional Radiology from the American Board of Radiology.
The following year, Dr. Grubbs moved to the Sun coast and joined Naples Radiologists, P.A. doing Diagnostic as well as Vascular and Interventional Radiology. In 2006 he opened his own practice, Sarasota Interventional Radiology. Here he brings his skills in imaging, his procedural expertise, his experience in research and his clinical practice to offer minimally invasive diagnostics and treatments for patients whose conditions would have once required open surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Has anyone ever had the thermal ablation for treating fibroids?
I had a myo done 2 yrs. ago almost. and there baaaaaaack
So, instead of going thru another major operation again in less than 2 yrs. ago, am considering that fairly new treatment where you lay down, and the docs do this guided ultra sound “heating” ea. individual fibroid tumor
have you had this done or know of anyone who has?
no, i do NOT want my uterus ripped out. I don’t have any children, but as far as all the articles I’ve read, hysterectomy isn’t all that healthy for women. and plus yes, if my life were in danger then I’d opt for it.
I’m sure that SOMEONE has…
I’m 45, had an ablation 5 years ago and have a uterus full of fibroids. Could I be pregnant?
Has anyone ever had an endometrial ablation?
My doctor is recommending that I have an endometrial ablation. I have 10 fibroids. One of them is deteriorating and they think that is causing the bleeding (I have been bleeding for nine weeks now.) Has anyone ever had one, or had that many fibroids? Any advice would be appreciated.
If you read, you moron, you would see that I did ask my doctor. I am merely asking for advice from women who have had similar experiences
I had an endometrial ablation done back in 12/04 to help very problematic/heavy periods since the birth of my now 5 year old. I also had fibroids and polyps removed from my uterus during a couple of procedures beforehand and during the ablation as well, via hysteroscopy/D&C.
I don’t know if you have children or are planning to have children — after an ablation is done, you must not become pregnant ever, due to risks of ectopic pregnancy. Having an ablation requires either you or your partner to implement some sort of permanent birth control. I’m sure that your gyn has discussed this with you. I chose to have the Essure method done at the same time as the ablation. It consists of the gyn placing tiny coils into the fallopian tubes, causing scar tissue to build, therefore blocking the tubes, preventing pgcy. For the first 3 months you must use a back-up form of bc, and then an HSG (hysterosalpingogram — the dye test) is done to ensure that your tubes are indeed blocked.
Essure is less invasive than a tubal ligation, there is no cutting involved, it’s done via hysteroscope just as the ablation is.
The recovery period was short, a couple of days. It’s an outpatient procedure. There is cramping for the first day, but it eases up the next day. There is bleeding/spotting as well, of course, but again, it lightens up rather quickly.
I myself have found the ablation and the Essure to be productive for me. Keep in mind that an ablation will not necessarily make your periods go away completely, though some women have that luck. 🙂 With me, mine lightened up quite a lot.
Good luck to you. If you need anymore info, let me know.
If you had fibroids on your uterus and a severe period with heavy painful bleeding would you get a?
hysterectomy or endometrial ablation? just say your period comes every 3 weeks and is unbearable! severe pain, exhaustion! thanks.
It really depends on what you want for fertility and if you’re willing to go on hormonal treatment
Some people will try to take NSAID’s (advil) or Cyclokapron to help with the bleeding.
Contraception (like depo provera) or other hormonal contraception (mirena IUD) can help stop/regulate periods if you’re willing to take them.
The surgical option for women who still want fertility is a surgical myomectomy. If you don’t want more kids, then a hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, or uterine artery embolization are options to decrease/remove the fibroid.
The good news is that nearly all women have their fibroids shrink with menopause. The bad news is that’s also when you stop having periods, so it doesn’t really help.
what procedure is better to have done if you have fibroids on your uterus and cysts on your ovaries?
Endrometrial Ablation or Hysterectomy? I’m 39 with severe cramping & bleeding during period. i have my period every 2 1/2 weeks!
Never have a hysterectomy without at least a second opinion. There are so many good procedures today to avoid it. Hysterectomy is a major, major surgery.
Ask your dr about a myomecotmy and removing cysts laparoscopically . These are forms of surgery too but you will retain your organs. You may or may not want children but 39 is still young if you can avoid it.
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