What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?
UFE blocks the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink, which has been clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of fibroids. UFE is minimally invasive, requiring only a small nick in the skin. The procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist (IR) and takes less than one hour. IR physicians use X-rays and imaging technology to see inside the body and treat conditions without the need for surgery. Patients can return to work in an average of 11 days.
What are Uterine Fibroids?
Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths in or on the wall of the uterus or womb. African American women or those with a family history are more likely to develop fibroids. Most fibroids cause no symptoms, however some fibroids can cause pain or any of the following symptoms.
What are the symptoms?
• Heavy, prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots
• Anemia (Fatigue due to low red blood count)
• Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
• Pain during sexual intercourse
• Frequent need to urinate
• Constipation or bloating
• An enlarged belly
Who Should Consider UFE?
Patients who may want to have this procedure are women that have fibroid symptoms but want to avoid surgery. You may be an ideal candidate if you have the following:
• Symptomatic Fibroids
• Do not intend to get pregnant
• Want to keep your uterus
• Do not want surgery
• May not be a good candidate for surgery