Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure to treat women with fibroids or myomas in the uterus. This procedure is performed by an interventional radiologist, who delivers the medicine (embolizes) through the uterine arteries with the help of a catheter, to decrease the abnormal blood flow to the fibroids causing them to shrink until they die.
Uterine fibroid embolization or UFE procedure usually takes less than an hour and requires only a small incision in the radial artery to insert the microcatheter. Then, through the images provided by technological equipment, the catheter is guided to the uterine arteries to deliver the embolizing medicine and stop the abnormal blood flow that causes fibroids to grow on the uterus walls.
When is it necessary to perform a Uterine Embolization?
Uterine Embolization treatment is performed in most cases in young or adult patients over 35 years of age who have been diagnosed with fibroids in the uterus and wish to preserve the uterus or become pregnant.
Patients who could be candidates for Uterine Embolization:
Women who suffer from bleeding or heavy menstrual periods.
Patients who want a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment.
Women who wish to preserve the uterus, maintain static pelvic and avoid Urinary Incontinence complications.
Benefits of Uterine Embolization:
Minimally invasive treatment.
Possibility of preserving the uterus.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
All fibroids are treated in a single procedure.
Minimum Recovery time.
Reduced risk of infections.
If you have symptoms such as pelvic pain, heavy menstrual periods, lower back pain, constipation and frequent urination, you may be suffering from Uterine Fibroids.