Cosette Stahl, DO, discusses uterine fibroid embolization, a minimally invasive option for women suffering from symptoms related to uterine fibroids. This safe, simple procedure has been approved by the FDA. It reduces the bleeding, pain and other symptoms of uterine fibroids in 90% of women who have the treatment.
With UFE, a catheter is guided through the femoral artery to the uterus through a tiny incision. Using X-ray guidance and contrast material, the specific arteries that feed the uterine fibroid are identified. Those arteries are injected with small particles. The particles wedge into the uterine vessels, blocking the flow of blood to the fibroid. Without a blood supply, the fibroid tissue dies and shrinks. All fibroids in the uterus can be treated in the same session.
This procedure is performed under minimal sedation and typically takes approximately one hour. Learn more here about this alternative to traditional surgical treatments for uterine fibroids.