Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
The benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
- minimally invasive
- office-based procedure
What are the symptoms of Fibroids?
- Heavy bleeding
- Blood clots
- Weight gain, especially in the abdomen area
- Breakthrough bleeding between cycles
- Pain and Cramping
- Pressure on the pelvis and bowels, causing constipation, bloating, and gas*
- Painful intercourse
How does Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) work?
Historically, Uterine Fibroids required hysterectomies to resolve.
Uterine artery embolization blocks the blood supply to fibroids without invasive surgery.
During the procedure, a doctor uses a flexible tube (catheter) to inject small particles (embolic agents about the size of grains of sand) into blood vessels that feed the fibroids. Once the blood supply is cut off, the fibroids begin to shrink, relieving symptoms.
What is the effectiveness of UFE?
- 73% to 90% of patients have reduced (or stopped) menstrual bleeding up to 10 years after the procedure.
- 80% of patients report less abdominal pain and less painful periods.
- The size of the uterus reduces by 40% to 50% after UAE.
- Most women get significant symptom relief in the first three months after treatment for incontinence.
You may be a good candidate for uterine artery embolization if you:
- are premenopausal
- have heavy bleeding from uterine fibroids
- want to avoid surgery like a hysterectomy
- are not a candidate for surgery