A Comprehensive Guide to Uterine Fibroid Embolization: Benefits, Procedure, and Recovery

Uterine fibroids are a common health concern among women, often causing symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and reproductive issues. For those seeking an alternative to surgery, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) has emerged as a minimally invasive and effective treatment option. In this guide, we’ll explore the benefits, procedure, and recovery process associated with UFE.

Understanding Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization, also known as UFE or simply fibroid embolization, is a non-surgical procedure to treat uterine fibroids. This approach involves blocking the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and alleviate symptoms.

Benefits of UFE

Non-Invasive: Unlike traditional surgery, UFE is minimally invasive, performed through a small incision in the groin area.

Preserves Uterus: UFE targets fibroids directly while preserving the uterus, making it a potentially fertility-sparing option for women who wish to conceive in the future.

Effective Symptom Relief: UFE effectively reduces symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and urinary frequency.

Shorter Recovery Time: Recovery from UFE is quicker compared to surgical alternatives like myomectomy or hysterectomy.

The UFE Procedure

Consultation and Evaluation

The journey begins with a consultation with an interventional radiologist. They will evaluate the patient’s medical history and conduct imaging tests (such as MRI) to confirm the diagnosis and assess the size and location of fibroids.

Preparing for UFE

Before the procedure, patients may be advised to abstain from eating or drinking for a certain period. Medications to manage pain and discomfort during and after the procedure might also be prescribed.

The UFE Process

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the incision site.

Insertion of catheter: A tiny catheter is inserted into the artery in the groin area and guided to the blood vessels supplying the fibroids.

Embolization: Small particles are injected through the catheter to block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink over time.

Recovery: After the procedure, patients are monitored for a few hours and typically discharged on the same day.

Recovery After UFE

Recovery from UFE is generally faster than surgical options. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week, although strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks. Temporary side effects like cramping, mild fever, and vaginal discharge are common but usually subside within a few days to weeks.

Is UFE right for you? 

Take our short quiz to find out! If you’re ready to explore all of your treatment options and find relief from uterine fibroids, call either our Munster, Indiana or Merrillville, Indiana locations by calling 219-208-6218 or call our Palos Heights, Illinois location at 708-888-1167. Our dedicated team is here to answer your questions and help you take steps towards a happier, healthier life, free from fibroid symptoms.

Don’t let uterine fibroids hold you back any longer. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Nazar Golewale today.

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