What is UFE (Uterine Fibroid Embolization)?
Non-Surgical Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a major advance in women’s health. UFE is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure performed by an interventional radiologist.
Fibroids need a blood supply to stay alive and grow. UFE stops and reverses the growth of fibroids by blocking their blood supply. The procedure is performed while the patient is conscious or minimally sedated, but feeling no pain. It does not require general anesthesia.
The interventional radiologist makes a tiny incision in the wrist or groin area and inserts a catheter into the radial or femoral artery. Using real-time imaging, the physician guides the catheter through the artery and then releases tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroids without affecting the blood supply to the rest of the uterus. This blocks the blood flow to the fibroid tumor and causes it to shrink and die. Here is the video that shows what happens during the procedure.