What are uterine fibroids?
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
UFE is a minimally invasive alternative to a hysterectomy or myomectomy. The procedure treats existing fibroids and prevents new fibroid growth while preserving the uterus.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting by an Interventional Radiologist, a physician specially trained in minimally invasive procedures utilizing image guidance to diagnose and treat disease.
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How does it work?
Under image-guidance, the physician makes a small, single incision opening in the groin, through which a thin catheter is placed in the artery and guided to the uterus. There microspheres are injected into the artery supplying blood to the fibroids. By injecting these microspheres, blood flow to the fibroids is cut off and, as a result, the fibroids shrink, relieving symptoms.