Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 20% – 80% of women will develop uterine fibroids by the time they are 50 years old?

 

If you have or believe you may have/may develop uterine fibroids, our team can provide you with both trusted answers and reliable treatment services.

About Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are the most commonly-occurring benign tumors in women’s reproductive systems. Also known as leiomyomas or myomas, these tumors grow within and around the lining of the uterus. 

 

Fibroids are also known for causing a range of physical symptoms. While some women will be asymptomatic, others may experience more severe symptoms. Additionally, the larger the fibroid, the more likely it is that a woman will experience symptoms, such as: 

● Heavy menstrual bleeding 

● Pelvic pain 

● Pelvic congestion 

● Urinary incontinence 

● Fatigue 

● Low libido 

● Pain during intercourse 

● And more

Uterine Fibroid Risk Factors

Women are most susceptible to uterine fibroid growth between the ages of approximately 35 to 55, or when they are in her reproductive years. That being said, women can still experience fibroids when they are younger than 35. 

 

Additionally, African American women are not only three times more likely to develop uterine fibroids, but they are also at risk for developing them earlier in life.

 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is one of the leading alternatives to hysterectomy today. 


Non-surgical in nature, UFE requires only a pinhole in the skin through which an interventional radiologist will insert a catheter into a blood vessel. Once properly positioned, small particles are injected through the catheter which blocks blood flow to the fibroid, thereby causing it to shrink to the point of elimination.


UFE has a patient satisfaction rate of over 90%, especially as it involves the following benefits: 

● UFE requires no anesthesia 

● UFE can be performed in an outpatient setting and requires no hospital stay 

● UFE leaves no scars 

● UFE has a much faster recovery than hysterectomy or myomectomy 

● UFE is proven to be safer than both myomectomy or hysterectomy