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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that works by blocking the arteries that feed blood (oxygen and nutrients) to the fibroids, forcing them to shrink, while preserving the uterus. 

UFE is performed by an interventional radiologist, a physician who specializes in using image (X-ray, ultrasound and CT) guidance to perform minimally invasive procedures.  UFE takes approximately one hour to complete and is performed using conscious sedation as opposed to general anesthesia.

What Does a Uterine Fibroid Embolization Involve?

An interventional radiologist will give you a sedative to help you relax and anesthetics to block pain. They will place a small catheter into an artery located in the groin. Under X-ray guidance, the catheter is advanced into the uterine arteries supplying blood flow to the uterine fibroids. Once the catheter is positioned in the uterine arteries, small particles are injected to block blood flow to the uterine fibroids.

Following embolization, the catheter is removed and the interventional radiologist will either seal or compress (for 15 minutes) the catheter insertion site. You will be asked to lie flat for two to six hours after the procedure. Most patients are discharged the same day or the following morning.

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