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J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2003 Dec;14(12):1559-61.

Changing trends in gynecologists' opinions of uterine artery embolization for fibroids: the patient's perspective.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Division, Yale University School of Medicine, 265 College Street, New Haven, CT 06510, USA.


This study's purpose was to survey patients' perceptions of gynecologists' opinions of uterine artery embolization (UAE) for fibroids. Twenty-one women who underwent UAE between July 2000 and April 2002 and 21 women who underwent UAE between September 1998 and July 2000 completed questionnaires. Each woman was asked what her gynecologist's initial opinion was toward UAE, what treatment options were offered, who initiated discussion of UAE, and whether she returned to the same gynecologist after UAE. As of 2002, more gynecologists had a favorable opinion of UAE and were offering UAE versus in the year 2000. The majority of patients whose gynecologists initially opposed UAE did not return to the same gynecologists, reflecting a similar trend noted 2 years earlier.

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