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Do you experience heavy periods, excessive bleeding, and pelvic pain?

Many of us with fibroids dread our periods and wish we could live life free of discomfort and the fear of accidents.

Uterine fibroid embolization or UFE is a simple and effective treatment for fibroids that reduces or eliminates symptoms while letting you keep your uterus. If you are considering hysterectomy or myomectomy, you need to be informed about UFE.

Reduce or eliminate symptoms such as:

• Heavy menstrual bleeding
• Periods lasting more than 7 days
• Bloating, pain, and pressure in the pelvic region
• The need to urinate frequently
• Needing to change pads or tampons every hour or during the night
• Constipation
• Pain in the back or down the legs

What are fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors that grow on or within the muscle tissue of the uterus. Approximately 20% to 40% of women 35 years and older have fibroids. Fibroids are frequent in women of all races, however, they occur more frequently in women of African-American descent. While some women do not experience any symptoms, the location and size of fibroids can cause symptoms that can affect a woman’s quality of life. Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States, one-third are due to fibroids.

What is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical, outpatient procedure treating fibroid tumors of the uterus. Accessing the vascular system through a tiny nick in the groin or wrist, a catheter is guided to each of the two uterine arteries and small beads are injected to block the arterial branches that supply blood to the fibroids. Without blood supply, the fibroid tissue dies, the masses shrink and, in most cases, symptoms are relieved. Uterine fibroid embolization, performed under local anesthesia, is much less invasive than open surgery to remove uterine fibroids. The procedure is performed by an experienced interventional radiologist – a physician specially trained to perform uterine fibroid embolization and similar procedures.

What are the benefits of UFE?

UFE is a nonsurgical therapy that treats all fibroids that are present. This procedure usually takes less than one hour. Clinical data suggests that patients treated with uterine fibroid embolization return to work and daily activities on average within 7-11 days.

• Decrease in menstrual bleeding from fibroids
• Preservation of the uterus
• Relief of pelvic pain and/or pressure
• Increase in urinary tract function
• Outpatient procedure
• More confidence and lower chance of menstrual accidents
• Overall improvement in physical and emotional well-being

Studies indicate that 78% to 94% of women who have UFE experience significant or total relief of pain and other symptoms, with the large majority of patients considerably improved.

You deserve relief from the pain, mess, and discomfort of fibroids. Uterine fibroid embolization is the simple, nonsurgical choice that preserves the uterus.

Will my insurance cover this procedure?

Generally, insurance companies will pay for uterine artery embolization if they cover fibroid surgery. Our interventional case coordinators will help you navigate the insurance process.

Talk to our interventional coordinators about scheduling a consultation.

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See ARA’s Dr. Connie Hsu explain uterine fibroid embolization in detail: