What is UFE?
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure for the treatment of fibroids and adenomyosis that has been performed successfully for over two decades. It is an effective alternative to surgery and hormonal treatment, and those wishing to avoid a hysterectomy should discuss this option with their doctor.
The procedure itself is performed by an interventional radiologist who uses real time x-ray imaging to guide the delivery of tiny particles to the uterine artery supplying the fibroids with blood. The procedure involves creating a tiny incision in the artery that is located in the upper thigh or wrist, through which a very thin catheter is inserted and makes its way to the uterine artery. The particles are carefully delivered in order to reduce blood flow to the fibroids, leaving the rest of the uterus untouched. Fibroids shrink gradually over the next weeks and months.
Learn more about UFE below and why most of our patients choose this treatment option.
of UFE cases lead to a significant improvement in quality of life.
successful UFE procedures performed annually in the U.S.
of UFE cases lead to major complications.
Benefits & Risks
There are many advantages to this minimally invasive treatment. It is a same-day outpatient procedure that offers a high success rate, few complications, and a short recovery time. For women looking to preserve their uterus and fertility, UFE does not require invasive surgery and leaves the uterus untouched. Benefits include: