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Treatment:

Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive non-surgical option for treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids performed by an Interventional Radiologist who sees the patient in consultation and evaluates a patient's candidacy for the procedure.

UFE is performed typically with intravenous sedation (not general anesthesia) on an outpatient basis with 23 hour stay in the hospital for treatment of post-procedure symptoms.

Most women resume light activities within a few days and the majority of women return to normal activities within 7-10 days.

The Interventional Radiologist provides post-procedure care for the patient.

Up to 90% of women who have had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain, and/or bulk-related symptoms.

While there have been several published reports of pregnancies following UFE, prospective studies are still needed to determine the effects of UFE on the ability of a woman to have children. Therefore, UFE is not typically performed in women who are desiring future pregnancy.

Post-Procedure Radiology:

Post-Procedure Coronal T2 MRI

Post-Procedure Sagittal T2 MRI

Post-Procedure Sagittal T1 Post-Contrast MRI

MR images of the pelvis demonstrate significant interval decrease in size and lack of enhancement of the uterine fibroids consistent with successful embolization.

Key Points:

  • Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus and represent the most common tumor involving the female reproductive system.

  • Based on long- and short-term outcomes, uterine artery embolization is a safe and effective option for appropriately selected women who wish to retain their uteri.

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