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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment for uterine fibroids, is a safe and effective, non-surgical option for women to consider. Most women with symptomatic fibroids are candidates for UFE and should obtain a consult with an interventional radiologist to determine whether UFE is a treatment option for them.

Our Interventional Radiologists at Providence Hospital use MRIs to determine if fibroids are present, detect alternate causes for the symptoms and identify which treatments are best suited for each patient. Women often undergo an ultrasound at their gynecologist’s office as part of the evaluation process to determine the presence of uterine fibroids. An MRI is a much better imaging tool for uterine fibroids than ultrasound because it can differentiate fibroids from other disease processes.

Recovery Time

Fibroid embolization is an outpatient procedure that may require a hospital stay of one night. Pain medications and drugs that control swelling typically are prescribed following the procedure to treat cramping and pain. Many women resume light activities in a few days and the majority of women are able to return to normal activities within seven to 10 days.

Efficacy

On average, 85-90 percent of women who have had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain and/or bulk-related symptoms. The procedure is effective for multiple fibroids and large fibroids. Short and mid-term data show UFE to be very effective with a very low rate of recurrence.

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UMMC Main

510 W Tidwell Rd,

Houston, TX 77091

281-618-8500

info@ummc.care

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