Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is a fibroid treatment procedure that places a catheter into your artery that brings blood to your uterus and guides the catheter toward your arteries that bring blood to your fibroids. When the catheter is in place, small, bead-like circles are injected into your small arteries. This causes the blood flow to your fibroids to be blocked.
How is a UFE Performed?
After you are sedated, your physician will use a needle to put a catheter into your groin to gain access to your artery that brings blood to your uterus. Once the catheter has arrived at your fibroids, microscopic beads are injected into the blood vessels that feed your fibroids. At this time, the beads will block the flow of blood to your fibroids. This fibroid treatment will continue until all blood flow is completely blocked.
The Potential Benefits of UFE
Some of the benefits of an UFE include the following advantages:
- Procedure is minimally invasive
- Procedure preserves your uterus
- Procedure treats every fibroid at one time
- Procedure has a shorter recovery time
- Low occurrence of complications
- No formation of scar tissue
- Recurrence rate of fibroids is extremely low
- Low amount of blood loss
- Sedation instead of general anesthesia
- Procedure only lasts about an hour
- Less risky than other treatment options
- Can return to normal routine within 1-2 weeks