Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Treatment: Is it Right for Me?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a groundbreaking, minimally invasive treatment approach that obstructs the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to recede and eventually disappear.
While UFE offers extraordinary advantages to most patients experiencing symptomatic fibroids, there are conditions where UFE might not be the optimal approach.
We'll look closer at UFE, its many benefits, and whether it's the right choice for your health and goals.
What Does UFE Involve?
UFE is a non-surgical, endovascular procedure. It blocks blood flow to the uterine arteries, which supply blood to the uterus.
During the procedure, a small incision is made into the femoral artery in the groin area, and a catheter is inserted into the artery and guided to the uterine artery. Tiny embolic materials are then delivered through the catheter to prevent the blood flow to the uterus's fibroid tissues. The introduction of the embolic particles causes the fibroids to shrink, and the symptoms associated with them to improve.
What are the Advantages of UFE?
UFE offers the following benefits:
A Minimally Invasive Outpatient Procedure
Uterine fibroid embolization does not require open surgery. It provides effective fibroid treatment without the associated risks of surgical complications. Patients can go home on the same day as the procedure, allowing for a more convenient and cost-effective treatment option.
Preserves the Uterus
Unlike surgical procedures such as hysterectomy, UFE does not alter the uterus, which is particularly beneficial for women who wish to preserve their fertility or do not want to undergo a major surgical procedure.
Effective Symptom Relief
UFE has been proven to be highly effective in relieving symptoms associated with uterine fibroids. These symptoms may include heavy and prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, urinary frequency, and pressure on the bladder or bowel.
Shorter Recovery Time
Compared to traditional surgery, the recovery time after UFE is typically shorter. Most women can return to normal activities within a week, although it may take a few weeks for the full effects of the procedure to be noticeable.
Low Risk of Complications
UFE has been found to present few side effects and minimal complications. Serious complications, including infection or injury to surrounding organs, can occur, although rare.
No Hormonal Imbalance
Unlike some other treatments for uterine fibroids, such as hormonal therapy, UFE does not cause hormonal imbalance. Maintaining regular hormone levels means that patients do not experience uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue, mood fluctuations, or other issues relating to hormone dysregulation due to the procedure.
Potential for Improved Quality of Life
By reducing or eliminating the symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, UFE has the potential to greatly improve a woman's quality of life. Women may experience relief from pain, reduced menstrual bleeding, and better overall well-being.
Suitable for Multiple Fibroids
UFE is suitable for women with multiple fibroids, regardless of size or location. It can effectively treat both small and large fibroids, including those that are difficult to remove through surgery.
Who Would Not be a Candidate for UFE?
Uterine fibroid embolization might not be an appropriate intervention under the following circumstances:
- Non-symptomatic fibroids: UFE is typically recommended for symptomatic fibroids, which cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and abdominal pressure. If the fibroids are not causing any symptoms, opting for UFE may not be necessary.
- Cancer patients: UFE is not recommended for uterine or cervical cancer patients. In such cases, alternative treatment options for cancer management should be considered.
- Patients with bleeding disorders: UFE involves blocking the blood vessels that supply the fibroids, which can pose risks for patients with bleeding or coagulation disorders.
- Patients with kidney disease: UFE involves using contrast dye excreted through the kidneys. Individuals with impaired kidney function may not be suitable candidates for UFE due to the potential risk of further kidney damage.
Houston Fibroids: Delivering Advanced Treatment for Symptomatic Fibroids
If you are experiencing symptoms related to uterine fibroids and are seeking an effective and minimally invasive treatment option, look no further than Houston Fibroids. Our highly qualified specialists deliver compassionate care, helping you achieve a better quality of life.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to finding relief from your symptoms.