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UAE after a Traditional Surgical Procedure

If you’ve tried other fibroid treatment methods that were unsuccessful, Uterine Fibroid Embolization can be a plausible option after other treatments have presented unsuccessful.

Even after a myomectomy, Uterine Fibroid Embolization can still be a plausible option for fibroid treatment.  Many women who have tried myomectomy and witnessed  re-growth in their fibroids look to UFE to treat their existing fibroids.  Because the UFE procedure uses tiny  particles to successfully block off the blood supply that feed fibroids, the subsequent  chance of re-growth for these fibroids are unlikely.  Therefore, UFE patients are less likely to witness fibroid re-growth than their myomectomy counterparts. 

In addition to a decreased chance of re-growth, UFE patients also experience the advantage of immediate symptom relief. Heavy bleeding, bloating, pain, pressure-all of these symptoms can immediately become lessened after the procedure.  On average, many post-operative UFE patients state that their symptoms were either eradicated or lessened following UFE.  Therefore, embolization would be an optimal choice of fibroid treatment for your situation.  Not to mention a quick recovery period of less then 7 days!



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New Treatment for Migraine Headaches-Available at AI3

Getting serious about blocking pain.

Currently there is very little to offer the chronic headache patient. Nearly two thirds of patients discontinue prescription medications due to inadequate relief and side-effects.

Today, establishing an SPG block has never been easier. The patented SphenoCath® offers the practitioner the ability to offer a first-line treatment to the chronic headache patient. The SphenoCath® delivers medication that can sustain pain relief in a 15 minute procedure that is comfortable and quick. With the SphenoCath® an SPG block may be achieved without needles, cotton swabs, atomizer sprays, or systemic narcotics.

SPG block stands for sphenopalatine ganglion block. The sphenopalatine ganglion is a collection of nerve cells located just under the tissue lining the back of the nose. By applying a local anesthetic to the area, nerve impulses

can be temporarily blocked, providing relief from various types of pain. The patented SphenoCath® is designed to quickly and comfortably deliver medication to the area of the sphenopalatine ganglion. Read more…

Call AI3 at 727-791-7300 to get fast relief from severe migraines

and headaches!

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UAE May Help Urinary Tract Symptoms

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) — Uterine fibroid embolization — radiology treatment for non-cancerous fibroids of the uterus — improves women’s urinary tract symptoms, U.S. researchers say. 

Dr. James B. Spies of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington says uterine fibroids are benign tumors in the uterus that can cause prolonged, heavy menstrual bleeding severe enough to cause anemia, disabling pelvic pain, urinary frequency, pain during sexual intercourse, miscarriage and interference with fertility. 

Twenty percent to 40 percent of women age 35 and older have uterine fibroids of a significant size, but 50 percent of African-American women have fibroids of a significant size.

“Uterine fibroid embolization

continues to be an outstanding treatment choice for women with uterine fibroids, and — based on this study — this non-surgical treatment improves related urinary tract problems,” Spies says in a statement. 

“Fibroids can cause a variety of unpleasant, life-disrupting

urinary symptoms for women, such as bladder frequency, urgency and the need to urinate during the night — and uterine fibroid embolization can significantly improve these symptoms and daily life for women.”

The findings were presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 36th annual scientific meeting in Chicago.


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10 Advantages to UFE

Your doctor just told you to have a hysterectomy for your fibroids.


Before you do anything, make sure you look into this non-surgical alternative (UFE)

10 Advantages to UFE

  1. It’s safe. 
    At least a million women, worldwide, have been successfully treated
  2. It’s simple. 
    Most procedures take about half an hour
  3. It’s cost effective.
    No lengthy hospital stays or the fees that come

    with them

  4. Symptom relief is immediate.
    Pain, heavy bleeding, anemia, fatigue will end with embolization
  5. No hospital stay.
    This is an out-patient treatment
  6. No cutting.
    With embolization there are no scalpels, sutures or scarring
  7. No ‘going under’.
    You won’t be exposed to the risks of general anesthetic
  8. Less downtime.
    Most patients return to work in a matter of days
  9. No recurrence. 
    Fibroids don’t return, as they often do with surgeries like myomectomy
  10. Keep your fertility.
    There’s no trauma to, or removal

    of, the uterus

Get your legs ready for SUMMER!

Part of Dr. Jerry’s services for women’s health is treating Varicose Veins. When searching for treatment of Varicose Veins, you should first speak with a Vascular Specialist such as Dr. Jerry.  Always have an Ultrasound performed before allowing any procedures to test for reflux disease, as further complications could arise if undetected.

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Seeing a Vascular Specialist such as Dr. Jerry opposed to a cosmetic salon, could provide you with better solutions.

Call us for a consultation at 727-386-9981.

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren’t serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.

Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs. Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward

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your heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted.

Varicose veins often run in families. Aging also increases your risk.

Being overweight or pregnant or having a job where you must stand for long periods of time increases pressure on leg veins. This can lead to varicose veins.

Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under the skin. Some people do not have any symptoms.

Mild symptoms may include:

  • Heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in your legs. Symptoms may be worse after you stand or sit for long periods of time.
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles.
  • Itching over the vein.

More serious symptoms include:

  • Leg swelling.
  • Swelling and calf pain after you sit or stand for long periods of time.

Skin changes, such as:

  • Color changes.
  • Dry, thinned skin.
  • Inflammation.
  • Scaling.
  • Open sores, or you may bleed after a minor injury.

Varicose veins are common and usually aren’t a sign of a serious problem. But in some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in the deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis. If you have this problem, you may need treatment for it.

Your doctor will look at your legs and feet. Varicose veins are easy to see, especially when you stand up. Your doctor will check your legs for tender areas, swelling, skin color changes, sores, and other signs of skin breakdown.

You might need further tests if you plan to have treatment or if you have signs of a deep vein problem.

Home treatment may be all you need to ease your symptoms and keep the varicose veins from getting worse. You can:

  • Wear compression stockings.
  • Prop up (elevate) your legs.
  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing.
  • Get plenty of exercise.

If you need treatment or you are concerned about how the veins look, your options may include:

  • Sclerotherapy to close off the vein.
  • Laser treatment to close off the vein.
  • Radiofrequency treatment to close off the vein.
  • Phlebectomy, or stab avulsion, to remove the vein.


Call 727-386-9981 to schedule your consultation


May is Osteoporosis Month

Osteoporosis Awareness


Dr. Jerry Niedzwiecki, MD FSIR


Advanced Imaging & Interventional Institute (AI3) Celebrates National Osteoporosis Month

Clearwater, FL (May 1st, 2014) — Advanced Imaging & Interventional Institute (AI3) is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation to celebrate National Osteoporosis Month beginning on May 1. As part of the annual observance, NOF is calling on women and men to start conversations about bone health and family history as the first step to protecting themselves and future generations from osteoporosis.


In the U.S today, about 10 million individuals have osteoporosis and another 34 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. In fact, a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Despite these startling facts, NOF recently surveyed mothers and daughter and found that 94 percent of mothers and daughters admit they are not concerned with osteoporosis as a health condition and only 26 percent have spoken with one another about the disease. With up to one in four men at risk of suffering a broken bone due to osteoporosis, men need to be taking part in these conversations as well.


AI3 is hoping to help ignite these important conversations and spread osteoporosis prevention messages to women and men by celebrating National Osteoporosis Month and bringing much-needed attention to osteoporosis.


AI3 is an interventional Radiology Outpatient Center in Clearwater, Florida. We offer pain relieving procedures for treating compression fractures caused by Osteoporosis.


To help raise awareness and protect future generations from osteoporosis AI3 is joining with the National Osteoporosis Foundation and calling on men and women of all ages to join the conversation by:

  • Talking with family members and loved ones about bone health, calcium, vitamin D, exercise and other ways to prevent osteoporosis;
  • Asking their healthcare provider about their osteoporosis risk factors and when to get a bone density test; and
  • Striving to get enough calcium, vitamin D, and bone healthy exercise everyday.


For more information about osteoporosis, including prevention, risk factors and treatment, please visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website at or call 1 -800-231-4222.


About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a leading community-focused health organization, is dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of awareness, education, advocacy and research. For more information on the National Osteoporosis Foundation, visit



AI3 Pain Management for Osteoporosis Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures (VCF) caused by Osteoporosis, which are fractures involving the vertebral bodies that make up the spinal column
• When a vertebral body fractures, the usual rectangular shape of the bone becomes compressed, causing pain
• These compression fractures may involve the collapse of one or more vertebrae in the spine and are a common result of osteoporosis, a disease that results in a loss of normal bone density. Vertebrae may also become weakened by cancer
• Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty are performed on patients who are elderly or frail and will likely have impaired bone healing after a fracture, have vertebral compression due to a malignant tumor, suffer from osteoporosis due to long-term steroid treatment or a metabolic disorder, have vertebral compression or a fracture due to an auto accident
• In Vertebroplasty, physicians use image guidance to inject a cement mixture into the fractured bone through a hollow needle
• In kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted into the fractured bone through the hollow needle to create a cavity or space, cement is injected into the cavity once the balloon is removed
Call Dr Jerry at 727-791-7300 for a consultation on Osteoporosis Compression Fractures