Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroids are tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus. These tumors are almost always benign. They can grow as single tumors, but in most cases, women have more than one. They can range in size from very small to, in rare cases, extremely large. Some women do not experience symptoms of fibroid tumors. However, if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms, you should see your primary care or OB/GYN physician to determine if you may have uterine fibroids.
In a UFE procedure, interventional radiology physicians use an x-ray procedure called fluoroscopy to guide and inject small particles to the uterus and fibroids using a thin flexible tube called a catheter. The particles block the arteries that provide blood flow to the fibroid tumors essentially causing the tumors to shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women with fibroids experience relief of their symptoms.