Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Benign Fibroids Tumors of the Uterus
What is A Uterine
Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus which can cause heavy periods (menstrual bleeding) and pain. Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat these fibroids by blocking the arteries that supply blood flow to them. Over time, the fibroids shrink and symptoms significantly improve.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization:
Interventional Radiology for Fibroids
If you are suffering from symptoms of uterine fibroids you may want to consider UFE instead of more invasive surgical options such as hysterectomy or myomectomy. UFE is performed through a small puncture in the femoral or radial artery and patients leave the hospital within 24-48 hours. The procedure is safe and effective with 90-95% of patients experiencing significant improvement in their symptoms. Compared to surgery, UFE has a much lower complication rate and recovery time, virtually no blood loss and significantly less pain.
The Embolization Process
- This procedure is performed by the interventional radiology department because it requires x-ray guidance.
- Under local anesthesia, the doctor makes a small puncture in the artery less than 2 mm in diameter. You will also receive conscious sedation through an IV line to keep you comfortable. The doctor then uses x-ray guidance to steer a small catheter into the arteries supplying your uterus. Small beads will then be injected to block the flow of blood to your fibroids. This causes the fibroids to shrink and your symptoms to improve.
- The procedure usually takes about 1-1.5 hours.
- During and after the procedure, you will receive antibiotics and medications for pain and nausea.
- You will be admitted to the hospital overnight for observation.
- Most patients are discharged home the following day.
Why Choose Lourdes: Virtua Health System?
Our interventional radiologists have extensive skill and experience performing UFE. We collaborate with our Gynecology colleagues to tailor the best treatment plan for each patient.
Please call 856-968-2520 to schedule a consultation with one of our interventional radiologists.