Uterine Fibroid Embolization
If you have been told you need a hysterectomy to treat pelvic pain or uterine fibroids, you have a non-surgical option that offers shorter recovery time, fewer complications and lets you save your uterus. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a less invasive procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids performed by board-certified radiologists who specialize in vascular and interventional radiology.
How does it work?
- Uterine fibroids need blood to thrive and grow. This procedure cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink.
- Prior to the procedure, the patient is given a mild sedative and local anesthesia.
- The doctor places a tiny catheter into the right groin/top of the thigh area and uses imaging guidance to direct the catheter to the blood supply of the fibroid.
- Once in place, tiny particles are injected to block the vessel and cut off the blood supply to the fibroid.
- Over time, this treatment starves the fibroid of nutrients and it softens and dies.
UFE is a non-surgical procedure with few side effects, minimal hormonal changes and the chance to continue to explore the possibility of pregnancy.
To learn if UFE is right for you, schedule a consultation today by calling the center nearest you. Currently, UFE’s are offered within the CDI network at the following locations: