UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION...
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat fibroid tumors of the uterus which can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. It uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to guide the delivery of embolic agents to the uterus and fibroids. These agents block the arteries that provide blood to the fibroids and cause them to shrink. Studies have shown that nearly 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience significant or complete resolution of their fibroid-related symptoms.
Facts about UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION:
1. This is a non - surgical procedure with very little downtime.
2. We don't leave scar behind!
3. You will be awake during the procedure.
4. You can go home shortly after the procedure!
5. Women can maintain fertility after the procedure and can go on to become pregnant after the procedure
Uterine fibroid embolisation
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a medical procedure used to treat uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years. They are also called leiomyomas or myomas.
In a UFE procedure, a specially trained interventional radiologist uses a catheter to deliver tiny particles or embolic agents to the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. These particles block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die. The goal of the procedure is to relieve symptoms associated with fibroids, such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, and frequent urination.
Here is a general overview of the UFE procedure:
Preparation: Before the procedure, the patient may undergo imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound, to help the doctor identify the size, number, and location of the fibroids.
Anesthesia: UFE is typically performed under local anesthesia, and sometimes with sedation, to keep the patient comfortable.
Insertion of the Catheter: The interventional radiologist makes a small incision, usually in the groin area, and inserts a catheter into the femoral artery. Using imaging guidance, the catheter is threaded through the blood vessels until it reaches the uterine arteries.
Delivery of Embolic Agents: Once the catheter is in place, tiny particles or embolic agents are injected through the catheter into the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. These particles block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink.
Monitoring and Recovery: The interventional radiologist monitors the procedure using imaging techniques to ensure that the embolic agents are effectively reaching the targeted blood vessels. After the procedure, the catheter is removed, and the incision site is closed.
Recovery: Recovery time is generally shorter compared to traditional surgery, and patients often go home the same day or the day after the procedure. Some women may experience mild discomfort, cramping, or nausea in the days following UFE, but these symptoms are usually temporary.
UFE is considered a less invasive alternative to surgical options like hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of the fibroids while leaving the uterus intact). However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and benefits, and the decision to undergo UFE should be made in consultation with a healthcare provider based on the individual's medical history and specific circumstances.