Mary Costantino, M.D., an interventional radiologist at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, has become the first physician in Oregon to treat a woman’s fibroid through her wrist as opposed to the groin artery. The technically challenging procedure, known as radial uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), is performed in the Northwest Portland hospital’s catheterization laboratory. It involves inserting a catheter into the radial artery located in the wrist and is guided by the interventional radiologist into the uterus. It requires no incision and uses small particles to damage and shrink the fibroids.
“This procedure is transformative for our patients,” said Dr. Costantino. “The difference of accessing the fibroid through the wrist versus the groin is like night and day for patients in terms of recovery time and pain management. My patients are showering, standing up, eating and going home earlier –– and they are very grateful for that.”