NHS or Private Health Insurance
Patients who are taking drugs such as Zoladex or Synarel will need to stop these for at least 6 weeks before the embolisation procedure. We require a clear cervical smear test to have been carried out within 18 months prior to fibroid embolisation. We accept both insured and self funding patients: Fibroid embolisation is covered by most insurance companies (OPCS code: XR360).
For patients insured with BUPA, Dr Walker's BUPA provider number is 01460483. Please confirm with your insurance provider that they will cover your consultation, ultrasound and MRI scans together with blood tests which are required prior to the procedure. Please also confirm with your insurance provider that they will cover your follow up consultations and scans (minimum of 2) after the procedure.
For more information regarding self funding prices at the London Clinic, Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital or any other private clinic Dr Walker works at, please contact Dr Walker's Executive Assistant on 07795 643019 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patient SuitabilityDespite the vast amount of data on UFE many patients are told they are unsuitable for the procedure because:
- They have multiple fibroids
- They have only one
- Their fibroids are too big
- Their fibroid is pedunculated or extending outside of the womb on a stalk
All these statements are wrong. Most women with problematic fibroids are suitable despite number, size or position.
- Watson GM, Walker WJ. Uterine artery embolisation for the treatment of symptomatic fibroids in 114 women; reduction in size of the fibroids and women’s views of the success of the treatment. BJOG 2002 Feb; 109(2):129-35
- Smeets AJ, Nijenhuis RJ van Rooij WJ, Weimar EA, Boekkooi PF, Lampmann EL, Vervest HA, Lohl PN. Uterine artery embolisation in patients with a large fibroid burden: long term clinical and MR follow-up. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2010 Oct;33(5);943-8. Epub 2010 Jan 12
- Parthipun AA, Taylor J, Manyonda I, Belli AM. Does size really matter? Analysis of the effect of large fibroids and uterine volumes on complication rates of uterine artery embolisation. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 2010 Oct;33(5):955-9. Epub 2010 May 5