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Uterine Fibroid Embolization - Montgomery Radiology Associates
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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is an innovative, non-surgical alternative to invasive surgery for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow from the muscular wall of the uterus. These fibroids may cause heavy bleeding, pelvic discomfort, bloated abdomen, anemia, leg pain, and even create pressure on other organs such as the bladder or bowels.

An Interventional Radiologist utilizes imaging guidance to perform this minimally invasive procedure. A small incision is made in the groin and a catheter is placed in the artery. Using fluoroscopic imaging the radiologist guides the catheter to the uterine arteries. Small particles are then passed through the catheter to the blood vessels that feed the fibroids and block the blood flow to the tumors. Patients see rapid symptom relief and the fibroids shrink over time. Clinical studies have shown that UFE provides substantial improvements in major symptoms including pain, pelvic discomfort, and urinary problems.

Unlike a fully invasive surgery such as hysterectomy in which the uterus is removed, or myomectomy, which is the removal of the fibroids, UFE does not require general anesthesia or cause significant blood loss. Recovery time is also remarkably shortened. Patients who receive the uterine fibroid embolization return to their daily activities three times faster than those who had a more invasive procedure such as hysterectomy.

Learn more about Uterine Fibroid Embolization at RadiologyInfo.org.

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Video - Uterine Fibroid Embolization Animation

If you would like to learn more about the Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedure, please click the link below for an informational video.

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