Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a well-established, proven, minimally invasive procedure using interventional radiology techniques to destroy fibroids in the uterus by depriving them of their blood supply. More women are asking for UFE as it is a safer non-surgical alternative to a hysterectomy. UFE is less invasive, does not require removal of your uterus, involves a shorter recovery time, and results in a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms.
The UFE procedure involves the injection of tiny particles into the artery leading to the fibroid to cut off the blood flow to the tumor. Once the artery is completely blocked, the fibroid will no longer have a regular supply of blood causing the tumor to shrink and reduce or eliminate symptoms.
If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you may have been told you need surgery for the partial or complete removal of your uterus. This news is upsetting and overwhelming for women. Now, there is a procedure available for the treatment, reduction and in some cases elimination of fibroid tumors that does not require surgery, and allows you to keep your uterus.
The best way to know for sure if you are a good UFE candidate is to schedule a consultation with a fibroid specialist. The fibroid specialist will schedule you for a pelvic MRI prior to the consultation. During your consultation, the fibroid specialist will review your past medical records and history, discuss your symptoms and review the results of your pelvic MRI with you thoroughly. If you are a good candidate for UFE, the procedure can be scheduled. If you are not a good candidate for UFE, the fibroid specialist will discuss the findings of your consultation with your OB-GYN or primary care physician so you can pursue alternative treatment options.