Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Fibroids are a pain, we can help you find relief.
Learn about uterine fibroid embolization, an effective, non-surgical way to get rid of your fibroids.
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What is uterine fibroid embolization?
A safe and minimally invasive treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroids.
How it works
A small incision is made in your thigh or wrist.
Small beads are injected into the fibroid to stop blood flow.
Tiny beads are injected through this catheter and into the arteries supplying blood to the fibroids, blocking their blood flow. The catheter is then removed.
Fibroids shrink within 3 months, eliminating symptoms.
After the blood flow is cut off, the fibroids begin to shrink down, with 80-90% of women reporting a significant decrease in their symptoms after 3 months. Uterine fibroid embolization has a quick recovery time, with most women returning to work 3-5 days after the procedure.
COVERED BY MOST MAJOR INSURANCES
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING
Frequently asked questions
Questions about uterine fibroid embolization
Yes. Uterine fibroid embolization has been found to be a safe and effective non-surgical option to treat symptoms from fibroids. UFE is a minimally invasive procedure where complication risks are low. The risk of needing a blood transfusion is approximately 10% for myomectomy and 13% for hysterectomy--the risk is about 1% for UFE.
UFE has been found to work on all fibroids, regardless of their size and number.
Complete recovery is usually seen after 3-5 days, with your doctor working with you to manage any pain throughout the process. UFE has a much quicker recovery time than other procedures with no hospital stay required.
The incision for UFE is tiny, just big enough for a tube the size of a piece of pencil lead to get through (1.5 mm). Here's a diagram for comparison:
About 93% of women report a significant decrease in their fibroid symptoms 3 months after surgery. As with any procedure, it depends on each individual and their fibroids--a large number of fibroids or bigger fibroids may take longer.
Recovery time varies from person to person, with cramping being the most common complaint. Pain after UFE typically goes away 3-5 days after the procedure, with your doctor working directly with you to manage this pain.
Evidence shows that you can still get pregnant after UFE. It's estimated that 1 in 4 women with fibroids has fertility issues as well. A 2017 study showed that embolization for women with fibroids increased their probability of getting pregnant.
UFE is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurers.