UFE Treatment at Houston Fibroids
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, uterine fibroid embolization or UFE could be the best treatment option to get rid of painful symptoms for good.
At Houston Fibroids, we understand that uterine fibroids can affect your entire life if left untreated. We also recognize that it is important to have access to advanced treatment options, like UFE, to get you feeling better sooner.
If you are experiencing symptoms or just hoping to find suitable treatment options for your uterine fibroids, we encourage you to consider UFE treatment today.
Understanding the UFE Procedure
Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure, often used as an alternative to a myomectomy or hysterectomy.
Our physicians, located in Houston, Katy, and Sugar Land, specialize in using UFE to treat fibroid tumors quickly and efficiently.
What is UFE?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a less invasive procedure for treating uterine fibroids.
The surgical process typically lasts less than an hour and requires only a small incision into the femoral or wrist artery. A catheter is inserted into the artery to reach the uterine artery and fibroid tumors. Embolic materials are injected through the catheter into the blood flow leading to the uterine fibroid tumors blocking blood and oxygen supply to the tumor for good. The procedure causes them to shrink and disintegrate over time.
As one of the alternatives to hysterectomy procedures, UFE is clinically proven to reduce the significant symptoms of uterine fibroids, allowing you to feel better sooner.
In most cases, a patient will need to stay overnight in the hospital but may return to normal activities immediately following discharge. UFE has a success rate of about 85%.
One of the most significant benefits of UFE is the preservation of the uterus and the non-invasive nature of the procedure. Other benefits include:
- Decrease in heavy menstrual bleeding from symptomatic fibroids
- Decrease in urinary dysfunction
- Decrease in pelvic pain and pressure
- Virtually no blood loss
- Covered by most insurance companies
- More confidence with less chance of soiling events
- Significant improvement in patient’s physical and emotional well-being
- 90% of all women were satisfied or very satisfied at final follow up
UFE offers a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to work, and fewer complications after 30 days when compared to having a hysterectomy. Overall, UFE is a safe procedure and is a treatment for uterine fibroids that involves minimal risk and should be at the top of your consideration list if you are experiencing fibroid symptoms.
UFE Potential Risk and Complications
Although UFE has a low risk of adverse reactions or complications because it is classified as a surgical procedure, there are still risks involved that you should consider before deciding on whether UFE is right for you.
Some of the most common risks and complications include:
- Non-target embolization
- Transient amenorrhea (absence of a women’s menstrual period)
- Common short-term allergic reaction or rash
- Vaginal discharge or infection
- Possible fibroid passage
- Post-embolization syndrome
- Premature menopause
It is also important to note that the effects of UFE on the ability to become pregnant and carry a fetus to term, and on the development of the fetus, have not been determined. It is best to speak with a UFE specialist before beginning your treatment regimen.
To learn more about UFE treatment or to set up a consultation with our expert team, contact us today at 713-575-3686 or request an appointment using our easy online form.