Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Clinic
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a new, minimally invasive procedure that helps shrink uterine fibroids without surgery.
- Preservation of the uterus
- Decrease in heavy menstrual bleeding
- Decrease in urinary dysfunction
- Virtually no blood loss
- Just an overnight stay at the hospital
- Rapid recovery and return to normal activity
- Much less risky compared to open surgery
- No scarring
- No stitches
Who is at risk?
Since uterine fibroids are the most common tumors within the female reproductive system, all women are at a potential risk of developing them.
However, majority of uterine fibroids are diagnosed in:
- Women between the ages of 30 and 50 (can however occur in women under 30)
- Women who have a mother with history of fibroids
In most instances uterine fibroids cases are asymptomatic but in extreme cases, a number of symptoms can surface and this include:
Heavy and painful menstrual periods – Pelvic pressure or pain
– Menstrual periods lasting more than a week – Issues with urinary frequency and retention
– Constipation – Backache or leg pains
– Issues with fertility and pregnancy – Pain during sexual intercourse
Using a tiny, flexible tube (catheter), an interventional radiologist blocks the blood supply to the fibroids by placing the catheter into the artery through the groin. Using CT-guidance, the radiologist directs the tip of the catheter into the main artery supplying blood to the uterus. Small plastic particles, which are about the size of grains of sand, are placed in that artery, blocking blood flow to the fibroid. The fibroid shrinks or dies completely from lack of blood flow.