What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat benign fibroid growths in the wall of the uterus. Our UFE is considered an effective non-surgical alternative to hysterectomy or other more invasive treatments.
Uterine Artery Embolization (commonly called Uterine Fibroid Embolization or UFE) is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat benign (non-cancerous) fibroid growths that develop in the wall of the uterus. Fibroids are not cancerous tumors per se, but can cause severe symptoms in some women, including heavy menstrual bleeding, swelling of the abdomen, and pelvic pain. UFE is a procedure in which the arteries that feed these fibroids and allow them to grow are embolized, meaning that blood flow to them is blocked so that the tumors are deprived of nourishment and thus shrink. When the fibroids shrink, the symptoms improve.
There are a few different types of fibroids, learn more.
Uterine Fibroids Explained
About the Procedure
Interventional radiologists perform this procedure by introducing a tiny catheter through a nick in the skin in your groin into the femoral artery, or more commonly through a nick in the skin in the radial artery in the wrist. The catheter is guided using fluoroscopy into both of the uterine arteries, and then a contrast fluid is injected to help the doctors locate the fibroid growths to be embolized. Finally a number of tiny embolizing particles are injected, which surround the fibroid and block blood flow to it.
Uterine fibroids are the most common tumors found in the female genital tract
For many women they do not cause severe symptoms, but when they do, Uterine Artery Embolization is considered an effective non-surgical alternative to hysterectomy or other more radical treatments. 85 to 90% of women who undergo this procedure report significant reduction of symptoms.