Uterine fibroids are abnormal growths in the uterus. They are noncancerous and generally develop during the childbearing years. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a safe and effective nonsurgical procedure for shrinking or eliminating fibroids.
Stop Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Cramping
Women with uterine fibroids typically have unusually heavy menstrual bleeding. They also have cramping that tends to be present all month but is more intense and painful during menstruation. If you have uterine fibroids, UFE can eliminate or greatly reduce your symptoms. Improved quality of life is achievable with this treatment.
How Uterine Fibroid Embolization is Performed
Uterine fibroid embolization takes 1-2 hours. This is followed by two hours of monitoring at our facility. It is an outpatient treatment. That means you go home after the observation period. No overnight stay is required.
The procedure is performed under conscious sedation. You’re awake and breathing on your own, but relaxed and feeling no pain. The doctor makes a small hole in your femoral artery and inserts a thin tube called a catheter. Then a substance called contrast material is inserted through the catheter. This lets the doctor see the arteries that are supplying blood to the fibroid using a real-time X-ray shown on a monitor.
Finally, one of multiple methods is used to block the flow of blood to the fibroid. This causes it to shrink and ultimately be absorbed by the body.
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