Uterine Fibroid Embolization

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that blocks the flow of blood to uterine fibroids (non-cancerous tumors that grow within your uterus) by delivering miniscule particles to the uterus through the arteries that supply blood flow to the fibroids.

Uterine fibroids thrive and grow because of an uninterrupted supply of blood. With their food supply gone, the fibroids cannot continue to grow and begin to wilt and shrink.

The procedure is safe and painless with a swift recovery time and a satisfaction rate of over 90%.

UFE is typically an outpatient procedure with minimal discomfort and a quick recovery time that usually last no more than a week.
UFE is the leading alternative to hysterectomy.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

How is the UFE procedure performed?

Dr. Patel performs the procedure while you’re under sedation and local anesthesia.

A 5 mm incision is made either in the groin or in the wrist after which a thin tube is inserted into the blood vessel (that is supplying blood to the fibroid). Using X-Ray imaging, minute, gel-like particles are introduced into the tube where they move through to the artery and block it from supplying blood to the fibroid. Once the supply is blocked, your fibroid starts to shrink and die.

The procedure is repeated for each fibroid that requires treatment.

Is there more than one approach for UFE?

Currently, there are two equally effective, safe, and minimally invasive treatment approaches for Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE):
Dr. Patel will determine which approach is best for your uterine fibroid treatment needs.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization

What happens post procedure?

You can return home a few hours after the procedure with a prescription for pain medication if required. Dr. Patel conducts a follow-up call the day after you return home to ensure you are recovering well.
Rest is recommended for at least 24 hours following the procedure, with recovery expected within a week’s time.

What are the advantages of UFE?

UFE has several advantages over other surgical or nonsurgical methods, including:

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