What is uterine fibroid embolization?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat noncancerous growths of the uterus. American Fibroid Centers are prominent leaders in modern fibroid care, and we are proud to offer innovative options for women. Traditionally, doctors would use a hysterectomy to treat fibroids, which is a surgery that removes the uterus entirely. Fortunately, recent medical advancements have made it possible to provide women with less invasive alternatives to a hysterectomy. With uterine fibroid embolization, we are able to safely and effectively treat tumors of the uterus while preserving the uterus itself. This procedure has made a tremendous difference in the lives of women with uterine fibroids and has given them hope for a brighter future. To learn more, call any of our locations in West Orange, NJ, New York, NY, Queens, NY, or Fishkill, NY to meet with an American Fibroid Centers affiliated physician today.
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How is uterine fibroid embolization performed?
Uterine fibroid embolization is considered an outpatient procedure and is performed within one of our Joint Commission-accredited facilities. It's a minimally invasive treatment that uses advanced image-guided technology, anesthesia, and specialized tools and techniques to perform the procedure.
Once the patient is prepped, a small incision is made in the groin or wrist area within the femoral artery. The tube will be inserted through the blood vessel to access the uterine arteries. An iodine dye will be injected into the uterine artery to provide a detailed, computerized image of the uterine tissue. Once the fibroids are located, small particles are injected into the treatment area to stop the blood supply that supports the fibroids. This will cause the fibroids to shrink.
Once your procedure is complete, you will be monitored for a short period in our on-site recovery room. Side effects may include pain, low-grade fever, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting. These typically improve over the next 24 – 48 hours and dissipate on their own within a week. Follow-up exams will also be scheduled to monitor your progress. About 85 – 90% of women who undergo UFE experience significant improvement in their symptoms.
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American Fibroid Centers conveniently offer offices in New York, NY, Fishkill, NY, Queens, NY, and West Orange, NJ. If you have uterine fibroids and are searching for an alternative to a hysterectomy, consider uterine fibroid embolization. This breakthrough treatment has helped improve pelvic health issues for countless women. Reach out to our practice today to meet with one of our seasoned specialists. We look forward to serving you and providing the relief you desire.