St. Luke's University Health Network

FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
at St. Luke’s

For the convenience of our patients and visitors, the answers to the questions most often asked about services at St. Luke’s are listed below. If you have any questions and you do not see an answer here, feel free to contact St. Luke’s InfoLink by phone at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or by e-mail at InfoLink@slhn.org.


Cancer

How does a patient get a second opinion at the St. Luke’s Cancer Center?

St. Luke’s Cancer Center staff will be glad to work with you to provide a second opinion by one of our physicians in a timely fashion. Call the Cancer Center at 484-526-3580 or 866-STLUKES (785-8537) toll free for more information.

What cancer services do you offer?

The St. Luke’s Cancer Center offers comprehensive oncology services, including: surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, rehabilitation services, cancer support services for patients and families and second opinion services. The Cancer Center offers public education programs and cancer screenings throughout the year. To find out more, go to the St. Luke’s Cancer Center section of this web site or call 866-STLUKES (785-8537) toll free.


Cardiology Testing

Can I take my medications before my Cardiology tests?

Your physician should instruct you on medications to continue or hold. The Cardiology staff will also confirm your appointment and review instructions with you the day prior to testing.

How long does the Cardiology testing take?

Routine testing may last up to one hour per test requested. Most testing in Cardiology have a prep time prior to testing. Invasive testing such as tranesophogeal echocardiography and medicated stress testing may take up to two hours.


Certified Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs)

What is a Certified Nurse Practitioner?

Certified Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables them to diagnose and manage most common and many chronic illnesses, either independently or as part of a health care team.

What does a Certified Nurse Practitioner do?

Certified Nurse Practitioners are highly-skilled, nationally certified individuals who are qualified to perform physical exams, take patient histories, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel on preventive health care, perform procedures such as injections and suturing, and assist in surgery. Nurse Practitioners can order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, and can prescribe medication.

What type of continuing education are Certified Nurse Practitioners required to complete?

Certified Nurse Practitioners must become recertified every five years. They can meet this requirement by passing the national certification exam again or by meeting the clinical practice and continuing education requirements established for recertification. These requirements include a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical practice in the area of specialization and 75 contact hours of continuing education relevant to the area of specialization.

What type of training do Certified Nurse Practitioners have?

Certified Nurse Practitioners have an undergraduate degree in nursing, licensure as a registered nurse, and extensive professional experience in nursing before applying to an accredited Nurse Practitioner program. Upon completion of the program, they typically receive a master’s degree in Nursing. Certified Nurse Practitioners are then required to pass a national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Where can I find out more about Certified Nurse Practitioners?

To find out more about Certified Nurse Practitioners, contact the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) or visit their website at acnpweb.org.

American College of Nurse Practitioners
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20036
202-659-2190
202-659-2191 (Fax)

email: acnp@acnpweb.org


Clinical Vascular Lab

Can I take my medications before my test in the clinical vascular lab?

Follow your doctor’s instructions about the proper medication(s) to continue. The Vascular Lab staff also will confirm your appointment and review instructions with you the day before your test.

How long does the testing take in the clinical vascular lab?

Routine testing may last up to one hour for each test. For example, if a request is for carotid dopplers and transcranial doppler, a patient can expect the tests to last two hours. However, renal ultrasound is scheduled as a two-hour appointment and patients cannot eat after midnight prior to the day scheduled.


Continence

Does insurance cover the treatment of urinary incontinence?

Yes, most insurance plans will cover the cost. However, each insurance type is different and often preauthorizations are needed. Also, some plans require co-pays by the patient. St. Luke’s will work with you to obtain referrals or authorizations.

I'm over 60 and getting older; is there really any help for me with leaking urine? Isn't this just because I am getting old?

No, urinary incontinence, or urine leakage, does not occur because we get older. There are reasons urine leakage occurs and there are treatment options, medications and even a variety of surgical options that can be done to cure or improve incontinence.


CT Scan

What is a CT Scan?

CT stands for Computed Axial Tomography. This is an X-ray study that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce very detailed images of an area of the body. This machine is non-claustrophobic; you are not confined inside the machine.

How long with the CT Scan take?

The patient is usually in the department approx 15 to 20 minutes, with the actual scan itself taking only minutes. You may need to complete a brief medical questionnaire prior to beginning your test.

Should I do anything special after the CT Scan is completed?

The technologist will give you post scan instructions if needed. You will be able to leave immediately following your test and resume your normal activities. The radiologist will report the results to your doctor.

What happens during the CT Scan?

You will need to lie on a flat, narrow table that will move into a circular opening. Some studies require an IV to be started by placing a needle in a vein in your arm. This injection will enable the radiologist (specialist medical doctor) to better see specific areas of your body (eg. kidneys, liver, arteries, veins, etc.) For an abdominal scan, you may be required to drink special liquid called barium. This is to help the radiologist distinguish between your bowels and other structures in your body.

What if I have any questions about the CT Scan?

Your questions are important to us. If you have any questions about the test or how it is done, please ask your doctor, nurse or call the CT Scan Department.

  • Bethlehem – 484-526-4956
  • Allentown – 610-628-8709
  • Coaldale – 570-645-8144
  • Quakertown – 215-538-4606

What must I do to prepare for a CT Scan?

  • If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your physician, as the procedure may have to be postponed or cancelled.
  • Some tests require you to fast for three hours prior to the study. You will be given your test preparation at the time of scheduling your study.
  • Please bring your doctors order, referral (if needed) and insurance information with you on the day of the test. Failure to bring this information may result in this test being rescheduled.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to register.
  • You should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • If you are diabetic, please inform the scheduler so that you can be given an early morning appointment.
  • We encourage you to bring some reading material or preferred activity with you to pass the time. Unforeseen emergency cases may cause extended delays in the CT area.
  • Either you or your doctor’s office or you will need to schedule an appointment through the St. Luke’s Central Scheduling Department.
    • Bethlehem – 484-526-1000
    • Allentown – 484-526-1000
    • Coaldale – 570-645-8144
    • Quakertown – 215-538-4575 or 484-526-1000

Dialysis

Does St. Luke’s offer dialysis services?

Yes. Dialysis Centers are located at 1425 Eighth Avenue in Bethlehem and 1736 Hamilton Street in Allentown. The Centers provide specialized dialysis care to patients with end-stage kidney disease.

Directions to the St. Luke's Dialysis Center in Bethlehem

Directions to the St. Luke's Dialysis Center in Allentown

What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is an alternative method of removing waste products and excess fluid from the bloodstream when a patient’s kidneys are no longer able to complete this function.


KidsCare Centers

Are you accepting new patients in the KidsCare Centers?

Yes.

What do I do to schedule an appointment at the KidsCare Centers?

Call our office at 484-526-3060 to speak with our staff.

What insurances do you accept at the KidsCare Centers?

We accept most major insurance plans, including medical assistance. Call our office to see if we accept your specific insurance plan.


Hospice Care

Can a hospice patient return to regular care if the condition improves?

Patients who improve or whose disease is in remission can be discharged from hospice.

Do I have to give up my family doctor to become a hospice patient?

Your family physician is a part of your hospice team and will be actively consulted about your plan of care.

Does hospice do anything to hasten death?

Hospice care is a philosophy of care that accepts dying as a natural part of life. When death is inevitable, hospice seeks neither to hasten nor postpone it. The role of hospice is to provide care and support when someone is dying. Hospice care emphasizes pain management and symptom control to make patients as comfortable as possible.

Does hospice help the family after the patient dies?

Support and special programs are provided for 13 months after a patient’s death. Bereavement support groups are provided for family members and friends of all ages who have lost a loved one.

How can I afford hospice care?

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by many private insurance companies. A majority of hospice patients are over 65 and are entitled to services under the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This benefit covers all aspects of hospice care with little out-of-pocket expense to the patient or family. The hospice team will assist families in determining what coverage they have.

Is it difficult to care for a loved one at home?

It can be very challenging to care for a loved one at home – and that is why hospice care is valuable. In addition to overseeing the patient’s care, the hospice team provides support for the caregiver. They can even provide respite care so that a caregiver can leave the house for a few hours. And the caregiver is never alone in making medical decisions: the team lends its expertise. Staff is on call 24-hours-a-day if the caregiver has questions.

What if I don’t have any insurance coverage?

Services provided by St. Luke’s Hospice are not based on a family’s ability to pay. The hospice social worker will work with families to determine other resources to pay for care.

What if we cannot care for our family member at home or if a patient lives alone?

St. Luke's Hospice has one of a few free-standing hospice facilities in Pennsylvania . Patients whose care cannot be managed at home can be cared for at the St. Luke’s Hospice House, a home-like facility with many comforts.

When is it time for hospice?

Choosing when to begin hospice care is a very personal matter. The earlier that care is started, the more time a patient has to benefit from hospice care. The decision to enter hospice care is up to the individual patient. All hospices offer care and services for both the patient and patient’s family.

Who qualifies for hospice care?

Hospice is for anyone with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Medicare and many other insurers require a prognosis of six months or less. Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses can receive hospice care. Other illnesses frequently served by hospice include: cardiac, renal, pulmonary and neurological conditions; AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease and end-stage dementia.


Inpatient Rehabilitation Services

How often will I receive inpatient therapy?

You will receive skilled physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy for three hours-a-day, five to seven days-a-week. Therapy services are provided seven days-a-week.

What if I can't tolerate the inpatient therapy because of pain or because I am tired?

The expectation is to participate in therapy to maximize your independence. However, therapy schedules can be revised to meet your needs.

Will I be billed for inpatient therapy above and beyond my regular hospital rate?

Most insurance companies cover the cost of acute rehab services. Your benefits will be verified prior to your admission to acute rehabilitation.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

How long will the MRI test take?

An MRI exam takes 30 to 60 minutes. This time depends on the exact test ordered by your doctor.

Should I do anything special after the MRI test is completed?

You will be able to leave after the test. The radiologist will report the results to your doctor.

What happens during the MRI test?

You will lie on your back and be placed into a machine that resembles a tunnel. It is open at both ends. The machine will make a loud knocking noise when it is taking the pictures. You will be able to listen to music during your test. Occasionally a contrast medium is used to see certain parts of the body in better detail. The contrast material is injected into a vein in your arm. There are no side-effects from the injection.

What if I have questions about the MRI test?

Your questions are important to us. If you have any questions about the test or how it is done, please ask your doctor, nurse or call the MRI Department.

Bethlehem – 484-526-1000

Allentown – 484-526-1000

Coaldale – 570-645-8144

Quakertown – 484-526-1000

What must I do to prepare for an MRI test?

  • You may eat, drink and take medications as you normally would.
  • You cannot have an MRI if you have certain devices or implants (for example, pacemakers, defibrillators),  or metal in your eyes. The MRI staff will review this information with you.
  • Either you or your doctor’s office will need to schedule an appointment with the MRI Department.
  • You will need to bring your referral slip from your doctor and any necessary insurance forms to your appointment.
  • You may bring a CD or a cassette to listen to during your test.
  • Optionally, you may print out our MRI Procedure Screening form, complete it, print it, and bring it with you to save time at your appointment.

New Beginnings Family Birth Center

When should I choose a pediatrician? Where can I get information about pediatricians who come to St. Luke’s?

You will need to choose a pediatrician prior to coming to the hospital to have your baby. You can visit the Find A Doctor section of our website to locate a list of pediatricians or you can ask your obstetrician for a list of recommendations.

Where can I get more information on St. Luke's services & classes available for expectant parents?

For information on obstetrical services, please visit the New Beginnings Family Birth Center section of our website. For information on pregnancy and parenting classes, please visit the Calendar of Events section of our website or call the Just-In-Time Information Line at 800-260-8355.

Who should I call when I think I am in labor?

If you think you are in labor, always call your obstetrician first. Your doctor will call the New Beginnings Family Birth Center to let us know you are coming.

What entrance should I use when I arrive at the hospital in labor?

You should enter through the Emergency Department when you arrive at the hospital in labor. This entrance is always open and someone will assist you to the New Beginnings Family Birth Center with a wheelchair.

May I have my newborn stay in my room with me?

Yes, a new mother at St. Luke’s may opt to have her newborn baby stay in the room full-time or part-time.

What are the visiting hours for the New Beginnings Family Birth Center?

To encourage family time and support for new parents, the New Beginnings Family Birth Center visiting hours are unlimited. A support person is welcome to stay over night with new moms. St. Luke’s will be happy to provide a cot or a recliner.

Are siblings able to visit the New Beginnings Family Birth Center?

Yes, siblings are welcome to visit the New Beginnings Family Birth Center but they must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.

Does St. Luke’s have lactation consultants available?

The New Beginnings Family Birth Center has internationally board-certified lactation consultants and mother/baby educators who are lactation trained available to help new mothers who choose to nurse their newborns.


Outpatient Phlebotomy (Bloodwork)

Can you fax a report of my blood test results to my doctor?

Yes, upon request we can fax reports of your blood test results to your doctor the same day testing is completed.

Do I need to schedule an appointment for my blood tests?

It is not necessary to make an appointment for blood tests. See Laboratory Services for locations and hours of operation.

How long will it take to have my blood test(s) completed?

That would depend upon the test(s) ordered by your doctor. Most testing is completed within four hours of drawing the blood sample.

Is fasting required before I have my blood drawn?

Fasting is sometimes required depending on the test(s) ordered by your doctor. We recommend contacting your doctor or our laboratory if you have any questions.

When will I get the results of blood tests?

Please check with your doctor, who will receive the results of your blood tests.


Pastoral Care (Bethlehem Campus)

How do I reach a chaplain?

To reach a chaplain, just phone the hospital operator at 484-526-4000 and ask for the on-call chaplain, 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

When & when are worship services?

At St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus, the Chapel is on the second floor, A Entrance at Priscilla Payne Hurd Pavilion, and is open for meditation 24-hours-a-day. There is a weekly Inter-faith Service on Wednesdays at 11:45 am and a weekly service for Spanish-speaking people on Tuesdays at 11:45 am. There is a Roman Catholic Mass on Holy Days of Obligation for the Catholic Church and other services offered on special holy days.


Patient Financial Services

I cannot pay my bill.

Payment for services rendered is expected in full when you receive your bill. Our billing department will work with you to resolve the balance on your account and can assist you with one of the following options for any portion of the claim that is your responsibility:

A monthly payment plan – This is based on the amount of your bill. Although payment in full is ideal within a 12-month time period, that is not always possible. A monthly payment that works for both the hospital and you will be determined.

Public Assistance, ACCESS – You may qualify for health insurance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you have been an inpatient, the hospital will assist you in applying for this benefit. If you have had outpatient services, you will need to contact the Department of Public Assistance for an appointment. Contact the County Assistance Office in the county in which you reside. Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare County Assistance Office locations and telephone numbers can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare web site:

Patients who do not qualify for Medical Assistance/ACCESS/Public Assistance – Based on your financial situation, you may qualify for a Reduction Program offered at each of our facilities. Guidelines and qualifications vary for each facility in our network. You can contact a financial counselor at the facility where you receive your services and they will help to determine if you qualify. The telephone numbers for each facility are:

St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus – 484-526-4153

St. Luke’s Hospital – Allentown Campus – 610-770-8684

St. Luke’s Hospital - Miners Campus – 570-645-8112

St. Luke’s Hospital - Quakertown Campus – 215-538-4579

Why are you billing me for a service when I was never at any of your network hospitals?

More than likely you were seen at a physician’s office and a specimen was obtained which was sent to our facility for testing. Some examples of this type of service are:

  • Pap Smear
  • Throat Culture
  • Removal of a skin lesion

Why are you billing me when:

  • You have my insurance information?
  • My insurance has not yet responded?
  • You have just submitted my claim to the insurance carrier?

Statements are automatically sent out after a specific time, based on your type of insurance and the date of service. Claims are forwarded to your insurance company as a courtesy to you. Usually, statements are sent to you after your insurance company has processed the claim with a full payment, partial payment or rejection. This information will show on the lower portion of your statement. These statements are a way of communicating with the patient. There are times when you may need to get involved so that payment is received from your insurance carrier. At times, your carrier may be waiting for information from you prior to completing processing of the claim. Ultimately, the balance for services rendered are your responsibility if your insurance carrier does not pay the entire claim.

Why are you billing me? I am not responsible for my son/daughter’s bill. Send this bill to my former husband/wife.

This is a difficult situation and it is preferred that both parents work this out without involving the hospital. The parent with the primary insurance determines who is the guarantor. A copy of the divorce decree is needed before a change in guarantor is made.

Why did I receive a bill from a physician when I had services at the Hospital?

Many of the services you receive at the Hospital might have a professional fee associated with it. By calling the telephone number on the bill you received, you will be able to determine what the professional fee represents. Some examples of a service that may have a professional fee associated with it:

  • Emergency care services
  • Cardiology services
  • Radiology services
  • Surgical services
  • Continence services
  • Pathology services
  • Pain Management services

Perinatal Center

How can I make an appointment to see one of the perinatologists?

The St. Luke’s Perinatal Center is a referral office only. Please have your primary obstetrican refer you to us. Your physician’s office can call us at 484-526-3900.

I have a family history of a genetic disorder. Who can I see about this before I get pregnant?

The St. Luke’s Perinatal Center has a genetic counselor who will see you for pre-conceptual counseling.

I have gestational diabetes. Do you have services for this condition?

Yes. The St. Luke’s Perinatal Center has a complete management program for patients who develop diabetes during their pregnancy or for non-pregnant women with diabetes who are contemplating pregnancy in the future.


Pharmacy

Can I get my prescriptions filled there at time of discharge?

The inpatient pharmacy is for inpatients (and one-day surgery patients) and is not licensed as a retail pharmacy operation. The pharmacy does not fill outpatient prescriptions at time of discharge.

Can I use my medications from home?

The pharmacy provides almost all medications to inpatients upon written order from a physician. On rare instances, very specialized medications may be brought into the hospital and dispensed to the patient from the pharmacy.

Is there an extra charge for medications?

Medications are provided as part of a patient’s inpatient hospital stay and the drug charges are included in the final bill submitted to a patient's insurance company.


Photodynamic Therapy

What is photodynamic therapy?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a photosensitizing drug and a special light. When the photosensitizers are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, they produce a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells.

Who performs photodynamic therapy?

A highly skilled thoracic surgeon performs phototdynamic at St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus. The procedure may be performed as an outpatient procedure, or it may be used during surgery.

See Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgical Associates of St. Luke's for more information.

What conditions are treated using photodynamic therapy?

The FDA has approved PDT to treat or relieve the symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus: A condition where the normal lining of the lower part of the esophagus changes into pre-cancerous abnormal cells (dysplasia) over time, which oftentimes is the result of gastric reflux disease or a chronic injury.
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Non-small cell lung cancer

What are the steps of photodynamic therapy?

First, the photosensitizing drug is injected into the bloodstream and is absorbed by cells in the body. The photosensitizer remains in cancer cells longer than in normal cells. In 24 to 72 hours after the injection, the tumor is exposed to light. The photosensitizer in the abnormal cells absorbs the light and produces an active form of oxygen that destroys the nearby cancer cells.

Photodynamic therapy also appears to shrink or destroy tumors by damaging blood vessels in the tumor, preventing the cancer from receiving necessary nutrients. PDT also may activate the immune system to attack the tumor cells.

How is the light supplied to the cells or tumor?

A laser light is directed through thin fiber optic cables to the inside of the body. It may be inserted through an endoscope (a thin, lighted tube used to look at tissues inside the body) into the lungs or the esophagus.

What are the limitations of photodynamic therapy?

Because the light needed to activate the photosensitizers cannot pass through more than about a one-third inch of tissue, PDT is not used to treat large tumors. PDT cannot be used to treat cancer that has spread (metastasized).

Does photodynamic therapy have side effects?

The photosensitizer makes the skin and eyes sensitive to light for approximately six weeks after treatment. Therefore, patients must avoid direct sunlight and bright indoor light for at least six weeks after the procedure.

Since the photosensitizer typically builds up in tumors or abnormal cells and the activating light focuses on the tumor or abnormal cells, damage to nearby healthy tissue is minimal. But PDT can cause burns, swelling, pain and scarring in nearby health tissue.

Other potential side effects of PDT relate to the area treated, such as coughing, problems swallowing, stomach pain, painful breathing or shortness of breath. These side effects usually are temporary.


Same-Day Surgery

What does ambulatory surgery mean?

Ambulatory surgery means that you will come in on the day of your surgery and be discharged that same day after your surgery is completed.

What are the routine tests before surgery?

Basic tests will consist of some blood work, urine studies, X-ray, and sometimes an EKG. Your surgeon may order additional studies particular to your surgery.

What is the purpose of all these tests?

Tests are done to get an accurate assessment of your health before the surgery.

Should I take my medicines the day of surgery?

Always check with your doctor first, but generally you may, but only with a sip of water. However, if you are on insulin or blood thinners ,your doctor may hold the dose or adjust the dose.

What is meant by the term “clear liquid breakfast”?

This means anything liquid you can see through. This includes broth, plain gelatin, clear juices, and soda. You can also have coffee or tea but it must be without cream or milk. You should not have any alcoholic beverages.

Why can’t I eat before surgery?

When having surgery with any anesthesia, the rule of thumb is 6-8 hours of no eating before the procedure. Vomiting during surgery can lead to other complications.

I do not want to receive a transfusion during my surgery. Do I have any other options?

There are other options, but you must discuss them with your doctor first to see if they are feasible for you. Sometimes you can donate your own blood beforehand and have it transfused if needed (autologous blood).

Once my surgery is scheduled, how do I find out when I should be at the hospital and where I should go?

You will be called the evening before your surgery and given instructions.

What should I bring with me to the hospital?

If your staying in the hospital after surgery, it is a good idea to bring such items as reading and writing materials, crossword puzzles, toiletries and a bath robe. Do not bring any valuables. Leave your jewelry and cash at home.

How long will I be out of work if I have surgery?

All surgical procedures vary. You will need to discuss this with your surgeon.


Sleep Disorder Testing

What does sleep disorder test consist of?

Multiple wires will be connected to you. During the testing phase, we will monitor brainwaves, breathing and heart functions associated with sleep disorders.

How long does sleep disorder testing take?

Daytime testing usually lasts 10 to 12 hours.

Nighttime testing requires patients to arrive at approximately 8 pm and stay until 7 am.

How do I prepare for a sleep disorder test?

Participants are asked to wash their hair the night before testing and to refrain from using any creams or oils on the skin or scalp after bathing.

Can I take my medications prior to a sleep disorder test?

Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding your medications. The Sleep Disorders Center staff will also confirm your appointment and review instructions with you the day before testing.


Urgent Care Centers

When should I visit a St. Luke’s Urgent Care Center?

If you need immediate treatment for a non-life-threatening condition, visit one of the two St. Luke’s Urgent Care Centers:

If you have a serious, life-threatening condition, call 911. The staff of the St. Luke’s Urgent Care Centers encourage patients with serious disorders, including chest pain, shortness of breath, acute abdomen pain and severe injury/trauma, to seek care at a hospital emergency department. Care will not be provided for chronic medical problems that require long-term monitoring. The patient’s primary care physician best handles such conditions.

Will my insurance be accepted at the St. Luke’s Urgent Care Centers?

Most major insurance plans are accepted. In fact, many plans offer lower co-pays for urgent care visits when compared to Emergency Room visits.

What happens after I leave the St. Luke’s Urgent Care Centers?

  • You will be notified of all follow-up procedures, including the need to contact your primary care physician.
  • If you do not have a primary care physician, we will be happy to give you a referral.
  • You will be contacted with the results of any abnormal lab work or X-rays.
  • With your permission, a copy of your medical records will be forwarded to your primary care physician.

Uterine Artery Embolization

Is a procedure available to relieve excessive bleeding caused by fibroids?

Yes. Uterine fibroids are very common, although often they are very small and cause no problems. For some women, however, the fibroids are of a significant size that they can cause excessive bleeding and pain. A procedure called Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) successfully eliminates or dramatically shrinks these benign growths. UAE is a simple and safe procedure that essentially stops the blood flow to the fibroid.

Find out more about Uterine Artery Embolization. For more information, call 484-526-4805.