Uterine Fibroid Embolization – Should You Use It To Treat Fibroids?

Hi there, its Selena again. today I am going to talk about Uterine Fibroid Embolization


Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), which is known also as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), is a non-surgical procedure to shrink fibroids by blocking the blood supply to them and you don’t need to remove your uterus. Without any blood, oxygen and nutrition, they will shrink for about 3-6 months, and the symptoms also decrease. However, this‘s recommended for certain case.

Fibroids range in size from growths as small as a pea, to tumors that are as large as grapefruits. Some of them are asymptomatic, meaning they exhibit no symptoms, while others may cause abdominal and or back pain, constipation, frequent urination, and heavy menstrual bleeding. When the condition becomes so severe as to prevent a woman from performing her day-to-day activities, then immediate treatment may be necessary.

One such treatment is called uterine fibroid embolization. This minimally invasive procedure is geared at treating very large fibroid which also causes heavy bleeding, severe or significant pain and discomfort. It also works for women who just need its shrinking to a little more than 1/2 of its original size to improve their condition.

After taking an image of the patient’s uterus using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or via an ultrasound, the doctor will pinpoint the size and location of the tumors. With the x-ray camera known as a fluoroscope, the doctor will propel small particles towards the uterus and the fibroid growths.

These particles will then block the blood vessels which feed the fibroids, causing them to shrink. From the number of women who have undergone uterine fibroid embolization, 90% experienced complete relief from the symptoms.

Women who are afraid of having a hysterectomy, an invasive procedure that involves removal of the uterus, may have recourse to uterine fibroid embolization, particularly if they experience severe bleeding and debilitating pain.

Although this approach can treat fibroids effectively with the success rates of 85%-100%, you still need to know any possible risks, disadvantages and complications. There’s also a possibility that they can regrow.

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