How fast do fibroids shrink after embolization? Every woman is different, but most will start noticing a difference in symptoms three months after the procedure. Still, your fibroids are likely to keep shrinking for another six to nine months following the procedure. But what is embolization for uterine fibroids? And who is a candidate for this procedure? Keep reading to find out!
Uterine Fibroid Embolization, or UFE, is a minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment that shrinks fibroids by cutting off the blood supply that feeds them. Now, because UFE allows you to avoid surgery and hospital stays while keeping your uterus, many women prefer this treatment option. But you will need an in-office consultation to determine your candidacy.
If UFE is right for you, our interventional radiologists in Houston will begin your procedure by inserting a tiny catheter through a small incision. Next, they'll guide the catheter to the vessels that supply your fibroids with blood. They'll insert tiny particles into the catheter to block that blood supply. And, in the days, weeks, and months that follow, your fibroids will shrink and symptoms should improve.
When you select UFE over other treatment options, you can preserve your uterus and avoid artificial menopause. It's minimally invasive, so the cost is lower, and there is a reduced risk for complications. Additionally, there is a shorter recovery period, and you can go home on the same day as your procedure, beginning the symptom improvement process at home.
Overall, UFE has a very high success rate, with 90% achieving the results they're looking for: symptom improvement and better quality of life. Now, the speed of results vary across patients. Some women find instant relief, while others take a slightly longer time to find relief. The speed of results depends on your own body, the size and the location of your uterine fibroids.
Still, most women will experience significant shrinkage within six months of your procedure. Again, there is a variation in speed of results, and it could take as long as a year for fibroids to fully shrink. And, while they may not disappear, the significant size reduction should relieve symptoms and result in improved quality of life.
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