Gynecologists located in Midtown East, Murray Hill, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
Many women are symptomatic from uterine fibroids or myomas at some point during their lives. Uterine fibroids are a commonly seen benign tumor of the uterus. These fibroids often appear during childbearing years. Size of these fibroids may vary and can cause heavy periods, pelvic discomfort, urinary frequency, and bloating. If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids safe and effective non-surgical uterine sparing treatment we is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a minimally invasive procedure that eases symptoms associated with this condition. Fibroids can cause severe symptoms in women, including pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and swelling in the abdomen. This procedure decreases the blood flow to fibroids, stops excessive bleeding, and shrinks fibroids providing an alternative to hysterectomy or surgical removal of fibroids.
Uterine fibroid embolization is an effective, safe, outpatient procedure which does not require hospitalization. It is a short procedure usually completed within an hour. An interventional radiologist will insert a catheter into an artery in the groin area. The catheter is then threaded into the uterine arteries. The embolic agent is then injected into the arteries that supply blood to the fibroids and uterus. As the fibroids begin to shrink and die, the uterus can fully recover.
Who Is A Candidate for Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
You may be a good candidate for uterine fibroid embolization if you:
- Have been experiencing symptoms like excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, bloating, frequent urination, or cramping.
- Are not currently pregnant.
- Have been diagnosed with fibroids.
Uterine fibroid embolization can be an ideal treatment option for patients with symptomatic fibroids. UFE is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis without abdominal scarring. incision or scarringWith quicker recovery compared with many surgical options.
If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you have alternative treatment options available aside from a hysterectomy or surgeries. Our interventional radiologist combines medical expertise and compassion to guide you through your treatment journey every step of the way to help you get back to your routine quickly.
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