About Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization UFE is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure used to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids.
This safe, simple procedure was 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.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization versus Surgery
Uterine fibroid embolization is used as an alternative to surgery to treat uterine fibroids and minimize their symptoms.
Women may choose fibroid embolization over surgery for one or more of the following reasons:
- Significantly shorter recovery period
- Lower complication rate
- Minimal or no scarring
- Potentially preserve fertility
- Can’t or don’t want to receive a blood transfusion, which may be necessary during surgery
- Can’t receive general anesthesia
Consultations for uterine fibroid embolization are done at RIA Endovascular.
The procedure is performed at the following Radiology Imaging Associates partner hospitals in the Denver, Colorado area:
- Medical Center of Aurora
- Littleton Adventist Hospital
- Porter Adventist Hospital
- Sky Ridge Medical Center
- Swedish Medical Center