Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroid tumors of the uterus which can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. It uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to guide the delivery of embolic agents to the uterus and fibroids. These agents block the arteries that provide blood to the fibroids and cause them to shrink. Studies have shown that nearly 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience significant or complete resolution of their fibroid-related symptoms. Benefits : – New treatment for uterine fibroids with excess bleeding or abdominal / back pain – Advantages compared with surgery – No scar / sutures – No anesthesia – Only one day hospitalization – Early resumption of activities within 3 days – 10 times safer than surgery – Very less pain – Patient can walk out of procedure room. No rest needed
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Will my heavy periods go away after UFE?
What are the benefits of UFE?
Patients who undergo uterine fibroid embolization typically notice decreased bleeding, pelvic pain and pressure, and other symptoms of uterine fibroids, as well as an overall significant improvement in physical and emotional well-being.
Who can go for a UFE?
They are experiencing uterine fibroid symptoms, including abnormal and heavy bleeding, pain during sex, pelvic pain and pressure, constipation, urinary issues, and erratic menstrual cycles.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods and pelvic pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Yes. Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is routinely covered by insurance payors .Depending on the individual plan, will determine how much the patient will be responsible for following the procedure.
Who cannot go for a UFE?
Patients who have cervical, endometrial, or uterine cancer. Women with an active, recent, or chronic pelvic infection.
What is uterine fibroid embolization?
Uterine artery embolization is a procedure in which an interventional radiologist uses a catheter to deliver small particles that block the blood supply to the uterine body.
What are uterine fibroids?
Non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can develop during a woman's childbearing years. The cause of fibroids isn't well understood. Risk factors include a family history of fibroids, obesity or early onset of puberty.
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