UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION...
How It Works
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) takes about an hour to perform, and is done by placing a tiny tube into the arteries that feed the uterus and the fibroids, and then shutting the blood flow down by injecting thousands of microscopic beads to cut off blood flow to the fibroids. The uterus is left unharmed. Everything is done through a single tiny quarter-inch hole in the skin. General anesthesia is not needed because the procedure can be done with light sedation medications. Most patients go home the next day with a small bandage, with about 1-2 weeks of recovery before returning to normal life.
Over time, each fibroid "shrivels up," like a grape shrinking into a raisin. The excessive menstrual bleeding stops, and the bulk symptoms get better. The recovery time is the same or better compared to hysterectomy. The level of invasiveness and risk for complication are significantly lower for the UFE procedure. About 7 out of 8 women have an excellent result. For the small percentage of patients who don’t get a satisfactory result, they can still undergo surgical treatments like myomectomy or hysterectomy. In fact, the UFE procedure can also help control bleeding during a more invasive surgery and make it easier to perform!
LARGE FIBROID SMALL SHRUNKEN FIBROID
BEFORE UFE AFTER UFE
Try Embolization First!
Many patients unfortunately never hear about UFE as a treatment option for their fibroids, but almost every patient who has a UFE performed reports being happy that she didn’t have to undergo a more invasive surgery! If you need to have your fibroids treated, try embolization first!