Your Recommendation

Potential candidate for uterine fibroid embolization

Diagnosed with fibroids

Symptomatic fibroids

Uncertain pregnancy status

You are a potential candidate for fibroid embolization because you’ve been: 1) Diagnosed with uterine fibroids; and 2) You’re suffering from symptoms related to fibroid overgrowth. However, your pregnancy status must be determined prior to undergoing any procedure on the uterus.

What can you do now?

If you’re interested in fibroid embolization, your interventional radiologist can order a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant.

How can fibroid embolization help?

80-90% of women who undergo uterine fibroid embolization report significant improvement in their symptoms and 88% of women say that they would recommend their treatment to a friend. Uterine fibroid embolization is a non-surgical approach to manage uterine fibroids that allows women to preserve their uterus unlike hysterectomy.
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This specialist is recommended because he is an expert in uterine fibroid embolization, he is located in your city, and he has outstanding patient reviews.

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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:

Incision size

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.

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