Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedure that is used to treat fibroid tumors of the uterus. Sometimes also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE), it has been proven to relieve the symptoms of uterine fibroids effectively. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with fibroid disease and needs treatment for it, we invite you to rely on our team here at the PA Vascular Institute. Our doctors will provide the treatment you need to resolve the problem and get your health back on the right track.
The areas we serve include:
- King of Prussia, PA
- Lehigh Valley, PA
- Philadelphia, PA
And more! Contact us today to find out more about uterine fibroid embolization.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that develop in the walls of the uterus. Although the causes of fibroids are unclear, it has been found that their development and growth depends on the body’s hormones. The size of fibroids range from very small to larger than a cantaloupe. They can also occur alone or in bunches. Fibroids themselves are not dangerous, but their symptoms can create other problems in the body, such as anemia. They can also make those who are dealing with them feel more tired than usual. Many women of reproductive age have fibroids, but most of them do not experience any of the symptoms, and therefore, are never diagnosed.
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of fibroids include:
- Long menstrual period
- Heavy bleeding during period
- Abdominal Pain
- Incontinence or frequent urination
- Leg pain or back pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Distended stomach or bloating
- Reproductive difficulties
Symptoms will vary from woman to woman. They typically depend on the size, number, and location of the tumors present.
How Does the Uterine Fibroid Embolization Treatment Work?
Our doctors at PA Vascular Institute are here to provide you with the treatment that would work best for you. In many cases, we’ll provide you with uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), sometimes known as uterine artery embolization (UAE). Here’s how the treatment works:
Uterine fibroid embolization begins with a tiny incision in the wrist or the groin area. This incision will provide the Interventional Radiologist (IR) with access to the arteries that feed the fibroids. Using cutting-edge technology and specialized X-ray equipment, the IR passes a catheter, which is a small tube, into the incision and guides it near the location of the fibroid tumor. When the location of the fibroids is reached, embolic material is injected through the catheter into the blood vessels feeding the fibroid. This deprives the fibroids of oxygenated blood, causing them to shrink. The catheter is then moved to the other side of the uterus. Once the treatment is complete, the catheter is gently removed. In most cases, it typically lasts less than one hour.
Women who are in need of uterine fibroid embolization can turn to our doctors here at PA Vascular Institute. We provide treatment for those who live in or near Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, or King of Prussia, PA. Contact us to learn more about UFE.