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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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.
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.
Who cannot go for a UFE?
Patients who have cervical, endometrial, or uterine cancer. Women with an active, recent, or chronic pelvic infection.
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.
Is uterine fibroid embolization safe?
Uterine Artery Embolization: A Safe and Effective, Minimally Invasive, Uterine-Sparing Treatment Option for Symptomatic Fibroids.
Is fibroid embolization effective?
Uterine fibroid embolization is a very effective procedure with an approximate success rate of 85%. Most individuals who undergo the procedure have a dramatic improvement in their symptoms and a decrease in size of their uterine fibroids.
What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods and pelvic pain. In some cases, there are no symptoms.
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 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.
Will my heavy periods go away after UFE?
Who is not a good candidate for uterine fibroid embolization?
Patients should discuss their ability to proceed with UFE with their provider. Patients with an active pelvic infection, certain uncorrectable bleeding problems, endometrial cancer, extremely large fibroids, or a desire for fertility preservation are poor candidates for this procedure.
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