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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus. They can range in size from less than an inch to more than 12 inches in diameter. Often, fibroids do not cause symptoms, and may only be discovered when you have a routine pelvic examination.  If you do experience symptoms they may include:

  • Heavy, prolonged periods, sometimes with clots or irregular periods
  • Anemia
  • Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Frequent need to urinate, or urinary retention
  • Constipation or bloating
  • An enlarged abdomen
  • Watery vaginal discharge

Fibroid Treatment Options

If you do not have symptoms or your symptoms are mild, treatment is probably unnecessary. However, there are several treatment options, including Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE.

UFE is a non-surgical procedure requiring no general anesthesia. Only one small skin puncture is required for the entire procedure. This procedure preserves the uterus and has few major complications. Recovery time is about one week.

UFE is an image-guided, minimally-invasive procedure performed by an Interventional Radiologist, who uses high-definition x-ray guidance to introduce a catheter into the uterine arteries. An embolic agent is released into both the right and left uterine arteries, blocking the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink.

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you should discuss your treatment options with your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for UFE.