Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed through a small artery in the wrist to treat both uterine fibroids and adenomyosis. It is safer and easier than a traditional surgery, often preserving fertility with a shorter recovery time and fewer complications. Most patients are able to go home the same day.
A small catheter is inserted into an artery in the wrist. Under X-ray guidance, tiny beads are delivered within the arteries that bring blood to the uterus. Blood flow to the uterus is then slowed, causing the fibroids to shrink over a period of weeks. The procedure can be performed under mild sedation or general anesthesia
Experience after UFE
Most patients are able to go home the same day of the procedure with most patients experiencing cramps/pelvic pain due to reduced blood flow to the uterus. Pain medication, including opioids and anti-inflammatory medications, is provided to reduce these symptoms. Typically, the fibroids begin shrinking within 1-2 weeks following the procedure resulting in decreased bulk symptoms and decreased menstrual bleeding.You will follow up with the IR physician in clinic to monitor the progress of your fibroid embolization
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Benefits of UFE
- Outpatient/Same-day procedure
- Minimally invasive
- Preserves fertility
- May improve sexual health
- Decreases bleeding with menstrual cycle
What are the most common symptoms of uterine fibroids?
- Heavy periods
- Pelvic fullness/pain
- Frequent urination