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Uterine Artery Embolizations

Uterine fibroids (leyomyoma) are a common, non-cancerous (benign) grown of tissue in the uterus. This effects approximately 1 in 5 women in her childbearing years and about half of all women by the age of 50. Most women are asymptomatic. In some women, however, fibroids can lead to heavy periods, prolonged bleeding, anemia, symptoms of bloating, the urge to urinate frequently, and pain sometimes associated with intercourse.

Traditionally, symptomatic fibroids have been treated with hysterectomy or surgical removal of the uterus. This requires long hospital stays and long recovery times.

Interventional Radiology Specialists, Inc. now offers a minimally invasive approach to treatment of symptomatic fibroids know as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) also known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). In this procedure, a small needle stick is made in the groin to allow a small tube or catheter to be advanced into the blood vessels. The catheter is navigated to the blood vessels which supply blood flow to the uterus and fibroids. Small particles or glass beads are injected through the catheter which blocks blood flow to the uterus and fibroids. This essentially starves the fibroids of blood supply and causes them to shrink in size. Most patients experience substantial improvement in their symptoms within a month following the procedure. Patients are usually kept overnight and discharged the next day. Many patients experience mild pain and nausea for about one week following the procedure.

Not all patients are candidates for this minimally invasive procedure and some require traditional hysterectomy. You and your doctor will determine the best treatment plan.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact us.