I would thoroughly recommend couples who are having problems conceiving to go and see Dr. Crowe. Much emphasis is put on women’s investigations at both NHS and private fertility clinics, with no consideration given to assess factors originating from male fertility issues.
A few years ago Dr. Crowe diagnosed me with a varicocele, a condition that I probably had for a number of years, and something I never considered would have had such a profound effect on my fertility.
We had been trying for 3 years to conceive naturally and through IVF. Successive semen tests had shown a reduction in all my semen parameters. Disappointingly both the NHS and a private fertility clinic where we had previously attended were very dismissive of any benefit arising from having the varicocele treated.
I am very glad we did not listen to them and contacted Dr.Crowe.
Dr. Crowe undertook both the ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis, and also undertook the varicocele embolisation procedure. Everything was explained to me very clearly and the procedure itself went extremely well, painless and without complication, allowing me to return to work after the weekend.
In the 2½ years following the procedure, my semen parameters have improved steadily, and this resulted in the recent birth of our beautiful baby daughter naturally (and not through IVF).
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Crowe for his care and for successfully embolising my varicocele.
I would encourage all men who are struggling to conceive with their partner to arrange a consultation with Dr.Crowe to determine whether the underlying cause is due to a varicocele.
A huge thank you from us.
After suffering with excruciating period pain, bloating, headaches, fatigue and endless visits to her GP for over 5 years, Sarah Davies, 37, finally discovered the root cause of her problems…a huge fibroid!
Her home life, work life, her sleep and the physical activity she was able to do were all affected by the pain she endured. Sarah felt a lump in her abdomen which led her to naturally panic, an ultrasound scan later revealed it was in fact a large fibroid which was pushing on her bowel.
The first consultant she saw said that the only treatment would be was to have a hysterectomy, which at 37 years old, was the last thing Sarah wanted to put herself through and was concerned about experiencing an early menopause. She was convinced there had to be another option so decided to do her own online research and came across Dr Paul Crowe, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at BMI Priory Hospital and called his secretary to book an appointment.
Dr Crowe said that she might be eligible for fibroid embolisation treatment, which meant a hysterectomy wouldn’t be necessary. Immediately Sarah felt she was in safe hands with Dr Crowe, he explained everything thoroughly, had a calming patient manner, and a quiet confidence which she found incredibly reassuring.
“Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists which shrinks uterine fibroids by blocking their blood supply. It only requires a tiny needle puncture in the femoral artery in the groin to direct a fine catheter under x-ray guidance down into the arteries supplying the fibroids. These are then blocked with tiny plastic spheres, causing the fibroid to shrink away gradually over a few months. It only involves an overnight stay in hospital and allows rapid return to normal activities.”
“Having been one of the first specialists offering fibroid embolisation in the UK I have now personally performed over 6000 treatments, giving women a genuine choice and allowing many to avoid major open surgery. I am delighted that Sarah was not only suitable for the procedure but has clearly done so well afterwards.
Following her treatment Sarah was back at work after 2 weeks, and within a month, she could already feel relief of her symptoms. The constant bloating and pressure she felt in her tummy had gone and she no longer dreaded her periods. Her time of the month is now a breeze and it’s all down to her fibroid embolization treatment. Her post-operative scan revealed that it had shrunk by 90% which was a fantastic result.
Sarah said, “I feel emotional talking about it and recommend any women with similar symptoms to get checked out. I can’t explain how much energy I now have and how improved my periods are. I used to arrange social events and important meetings around my menstrual cycle which was crazy. I’d wake up between 10-15 times in the night to go to the toilet which would have a detrimental effect on my fatigue, it was awful. That is all ancient history now thanks to Dr Crowe. He was incredible, as were the nursing and theatre staff, I’m so grateful to them…I now have my life back!”
I am so, so thankful to have found Dr Crowe, as he has turned my life around for me. To start my story – after the birth of my son in January 2011 I developed severe pains in my left side and after admission to hospital was diagnosed with pelvic congestion syndrome. Despite frequent consultations and hospital visits I was told that all I could be offered was pain relief. The pain became so severe that I was prescribed morphine, with increasing doses which had limited effect. By this time I could no longer play with my son nor do every day activities, my attendance at work plummeted to a point that I had to give up as I constantly had Human Resources on my back. At this point I had reached an all time low and was constantly in tears and my quality of life was zero.
At this point my parents started researching the internet and came across Dr Crowe, they telephoned his secretary and I received an appointment within a week…thank God for that. I finally felt like somebody was believing me and could offer help. After my holiday I went through my procedure of pelvic embolisation and boy what a difference has it has made to my life. Dr Crowe was very informative, explained exactly what was going to happen and what to expect after the embolisation. My morphine is now a thing of the past, I can play with my son and I have achieved the light at the end of a very long tunnel that I didn’t think I would reach. To anyone with this condition I would say contact Dr Crowe immediately. You will not regret your decision, I feel I owe him my life.
For several years I suffered a dragging and burning sensation in my lower back, bloating in my stomach and an aching in and across my pelvic area. Then I began to get fatigue and weakness in my legs, it would suddenly feel like someone had flicked my power switch off. These debilitating symptoms grew more intense over time and became such a part of my life that I no longer knew what it was like to be pain free or actually firing on all cylinders. Blood tests did not throw anything up and an ultrasound carried out was normal (I now know this is not likely to show the condition I had in any case) but whilst I was not ill, I was permanently feeling unwell. I was suffering physically but also began to become affected mentally as there were too many days when I found it difficult to cope with the symptoms and the impact they were having on me.
I also started to gain weight as I could no longer enjoy walking or cycling which added to my distress as I had always been very athletic and feared other health implications such as diabetes due to my weight gain. At the end of a working day, I would be in such pain that I couldn’t wait to lie down just to feel some relief. My job involved lots of driving and standing up so it affected working too and I ended up resigning my training job which I thoroughly enjoyed. More recent, I then began to experience discomfort during and after sexual intercourse which began to affect my relationship with my husband. The whole thing was making me feel down and depressed and I felt powerless to do anything about it.
As I was in my early fifties, the general consensus of the various medical opinions sought was that all my symptoms were due to the menopause and it would “sort itself out once I was through it”.
Now, I know my body well and I recognised and agreed that I had some menopause symptoms that were very unpleasant and an absolute nuisance but I was sure that there was something else happening and despite one female doctor’s best efforts to put me on HRT, I instinctively knew that that was not going to be the answer. I felt strongly that I would cope with what the menopause might be throwing at me through diet, exercise etc. if only I could get some relief from the pain and discomfort. Coping with everything was becoming too much ad started to come to a head in June last year when I couldn’t continue to work as I started to have spells of fluctuating blood pressure.
I was miserable and feeling very helpless.
One October day in 2013, I was on Google seeking yet more advice / remedy etc. for back pain and found a link took me to an article on Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and Dr Paul Crowe’s work . I still do not know how it came up but it appeared (maybe divine intervention?). As I read through it, I couldn’t believe it. This seemed to mirror exactly my symptoms but cautious of becoming a self- diagnosed by internet person, I went to see my GP, keen to tell him about what I had found and the work being carried out by Dr Paul Crowe.
He admitted he knew nothing about PCS and as I explained to him what I had read was a little dismissive. Slightly irritated, I left him with a challenge to look into it. To his credit he did and called me to say he was prepared to consider exploring it further.
Fast forward to May this year, after an initial CT scan it was confirmed I had a problem with a vein in my pelvis and, the very caring and sensitive Dr. Crowe carried out a procedure to put coils into the vein. It was so painless, I chose not to have any pain relief and was able to watch whilst he carried it out. He and his team were fantastic and explained everything clearly. I was only there for the day and fit to fly out on holiday two days later.
Within a few days I knew I was feeling much better and as time has gone by I keep having to pinch myself. I am completely free of back and pelvis pain and feeling fantastic. I am walking easily without the horrible weakness or fatigue and out cycling almost every day. The joy of feeling power and strength again in my legs led me to cycle along the cycle track whooping with delight and peddling like fury. I cannot believe the difference to my quality of life. I am losing weight too and am so happy that my long suffering husband is now starting to get back the vibrant, bubbly woman he married. Also, because I am not feeling down and overwhelmed by discomfort and pain, any menopause symptoms I may still have can be easily coped with now and do not cause me too much bother.
I understand that getting a true diagnosis of what is causing a problem is difficult but I hope that more GPs, Gynaecologists and other health workers develop a deeper understanding about Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. I was fortunate in that I took control over my own health through pure desperation and was able to confidently challenge my GP. Fortunate too that he was prepared to listen and think outside of the box, particularly in cases like mine being a women of a certain age. All my symptoms could have all so easily have been put down to simply part of going through the menopause and I would have continued to be utterly miserable.
Thank you so much Dr. Paul Crowe, you are a special person.
We met Paul a couple of years ago. He operated on my partner performing a variocele embolisation. We had been through 6 years of trying for a baby. We’d lost 3 pregnancies, relatively late, had one failed IVF attempt and then following Paul Crowe’s procedure we had a successful round of IVF and now have a beautiful daughter. We can’t thank you enough Paul for giving us hope where we literally had none left. She’s everything we dreamed having a daughter could be. The procedure itself was pain free, quick and my partner recovered quickly. Despite being advised against the procedure by our fertility consultant who didn’t believe it would make much difference, my partner’s abnormal sperm head morphology went from being 100% abnormal to 98% abnormal. A small increase but obviously enough to make ALL THE DIFFERENCE. Thank you.
I had suffered for years with very heavy, painful periods and had to plan events, outings and holidays around my periods.I was taking pain killers around the clock during my periods and they made very little difference to the pain. I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis and was told by the local Gynaecologist that my only option for treatment was a Hysterectomy. I was not ready physically or emotionally for such an invasive procedure. I started to research other options but no one was willing to offer anything non invasive until I found Dr Paul Crowe at Spire Parkway Hospital Solihull. I contacted the team for a consultation and after looking at my MRI scan Dr Crowe assured me they could help me. Everything was explained to me about MRGFUS treatment and in August 2014 I was treated at the hospital. The whole team were absolutely wonderful. I was well informed,looked after and cared for very well. I noticed the difference after my first period. I had a light period and no pain whatsoever. Every period since the treatment has been the same and now I am like a different person where I can exercise and go to events and not worry about heavy periods and pain ruining my life. The aftercare has been just as good and I keep in touch with the lovely Sue Hook who makes sure everything is running smoothly. I am so grateful to the very kind Dr Paul Crowe, Sue Hook and the rest off the wonderful team at Spire Parkway Solihull. They have changed my life.
Amandeep Srawn, 6 months post MRgFUS treatment for adenomyosis
I first met Dr Paul Crowe two years ago for a consultation to consider my options regarding a large uterine fibroid. I sought him out after incredibly high recommendation. He not only lived up to his reputation, but far exceeded it. I knew without a doubt that I was meeting an excellent consultant, but running parallel with this, I was met by the most warm, sincere and empathic human being, who was genuinely interested to listen to and understand my personal needs. My case isn’t straightforward and Dr Crowe has been unfalteringly supportive and empathic in his professional care for me. For anyone considering the treatments offered by Dr Crowe, please be reassured by my experience, that you couldn’t be in better hands.
15 months ago Dr. Crowe fixed a varicocele for me due to me having a low sperm count, I am happy to say I am now writing this with my 9 day old daughter sleeping next to me. I am in no doubt that if it was not for his skill at being able to fix the varicocele where others had failed I would not be a Dad right now.
“I would like to thank Dr Crowe for all the care, understanding and compassion that he has shown to me and my family. He has a bedside manner that should be the envy of all and he is a truly gifted human being. He is so passionate, focused and driven in his field and from the moment I met him, I knew immediately that I was in the very best hands.”
“The procedure was painless and I went home the same evening. The team at Spire Parkway Hospital were wonderful in helping with my travel arrangements and keeping me updated. It is early days yet but I anticipate a huge improvement.”
“I suffered with fibroids for 6 years and thought there was no hope, then I was told about this procedure. I had my procedure in October last year and the results have been amazing! It has changed my life. I no longer have to plan my life around my menstrual cycle. I cannot recommend this procedure enough it is fantastic!”
“The fantastic news is that the embolisation has been an amazing success and has totally transformed my life, I am living pain free and I can stand for long periods etc with no problems. I cannot begin to explain what an impact this has had on my life and I am beginning to undertake physical activities that I haven’t been able to do without considerable pain for years. It is simply fantastic. I have a tiny amount of residual ache low down/top of thigh but I would say it is 95% better than before
I cannot thank you enough!”
“ The difference in the quality of my life has been amazing! Before the treatment my stomach was the size of an 18 week pregnancy. It has reduced right down and I am no longer asked when am I having my baby. My periods are so much better. I can now leave the house and carry on with every day activities during my period. The treatment was fine, recovery afterwards did not take long and I feel 10,000 times better. I would strongly urge any woman who has a troublesome fibroid to get in contact with Dr. Crowe and get the right treatment without having to resort to more invasive surgery. It gave me my life back, and I am so grateful for the wonderful treatment that I received.”
“It was amazing to watch inside my own body on the monitors! I went home after 3 hours and was back at work the following day.”
“From six weeks post embolisation I’ve noticed a marked improvement in my quality of life and am not taking time off work any more. I have not had one day off sick since the embolisation”