What Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Q:
What is uterine fibroid embolization?

A:
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat fibroid tumors of uterus.

Fibroid tumors in uterus can trigger heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel.

The UFE treatment is also reffered to as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), but UAE is used for conditions other than fibroids.

In a UFE treatment, doctors use an X-ray camera called a fluoroscope to guide the delivery of embolic agents to the uterus and fibroids.

The embolic agents are injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter, thus blocking the arteries that provide blood and promoting the fibroids to shrink.

UFE is suitable for women who don’t wish to pregnant and who want to avoid hysterectomy.

Keywords: uterine fibroid embolization; uterine embolization; uterine artery embolization; fibroid embolization

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