FREDERICKSBURG, VA – June 28, 2019 – This July, Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) is bringing awareness about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) to the Fredericksburg community, just in time for Uterine Fibroid Awareness Month. Uterine fibroids affect up to 80% of women in their lifetime. VIVA is educating the community about the minimally invasive, highly effective option for the treatment of uterine fibroids. 

Endorsed by the American College of Gynecology, UFE has fewer negative side effects and provides faster recovery than surgical options. 


“We feel strongly that there is a need to educate the community about this minimally invasive treatment option,” said Dr. Samer Hijaz, Interventional Radiologist at VIVA and champion for this procedure. Given how prevalent symptomatic uterine fibroids are we feel strongly that uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a procedure we need to educate the community about.” Physicians at VIVA have performed the UFE procedure locally for the past 20 years. “Over the years, we’ve seen the positive impact UFE has had in our patients’ lives,” Dr. Hijaz continued. “We look forward to continuing our work with gynecologists in the Fredericksburg region to spread awareness.”


During the month of July, VIVA is offering two free resources to women that will help them recognize the symptoms of uterine fibroids, including a video campaign to introduce the symptoms, and a printable checklist they can take with them to their OB-GYN. 

For more information on uterine fibroid embolization, please visit VIVA is encouraging women to schedule a consultation with their OB-GYN or to contact VIVA to see if you may benefit from uterine fibroid embolization.

Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) is the region’s only multi-specialty practice with a team of Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons. In collaboration with Mary Washington Healthcare and local gynecologists, VIVA offers comprehensive vascular and interventional radiology care in convenient and comfortable outpatient settings. As a leader in healthcare in Fredericksburg, VIVA provides the highest quality inpatient care, affordability and satisfaction.

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