WHAT IS UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION?

Our interventional radiologists use Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), an advanced non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids. UFE is the gold standard in minimally invasive radiology for women with fibroids. No hospital stay is required, and patients can go home right after the procedure. Fibroid size is reduced and symptoms disappear with less pain and less time off work than a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids). The majority of women return to normal activities in 5-7 days, with full recovery by 1-2 weeks.

UFE PROCEDURE

Uterine fibroids are an overgrowth of muscular and fibrous tissues, typically developing in the walls of the uterus. These benign tumors are also known as uterine myomas or leiomyomas. At USA Fibroid Centers we use the gold standard in non-surgical fibroid treatment called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). The treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure. First, our medical team makes sure you are comfortable and then our interventional radiologists will give you a light sedative to help you relax. With the help of our advanced ultrasound the fibroid/fibroids are located, this is called fibroid mapping. After numbing the upper thigh, a tiny catheter (eg; thin tube) is inserted through a very small incision. Using the ultrasound as a guide, this catheter is threaded in to the uterine artery that supplies blood to the fibroid. Small particles will flow through the catheter, and block the arteries and blood flow, this causes the fibroid to shrink. Then the catheter is removed. The incision on the thigh is so small, stitches are not required. You leave with a small bandage placed over the incision. The procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Recovery Time: Majority women completely recover in 1-2 weeks

DON’T SUFFER ANOTHER DAY FROM FIBROID PAIN

Life with fibroids is painful and challenging. Timely detection and treatment of fibroids can help you enjoy your personal and sex life and reduce your risk for hysterectomy (surgical removal of uterus)

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