Uterine fibroid embolization, also called UFE, is an advanced non-surgical medical treatment used to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. Unlike more invasive, surgical treatments, this minimally invasive option provides women with relief while allowing them to keep their uterus. In addition, UFE is associated with a short recovery period and a significantly reduced risk of complications.
If you suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, you may be a candidate for the UFE procedure. Typically, candidates for uterine fibroid embolization are women who are premenopausal and:
- Women who suffer from severe symptoms. In many cases, uterine fibroids can lead to a variety of frustrating and painful symptoms, including abnormal menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, lower back pain, and even a distended abdomen. If you are suffering from symptoms caused by your uterine fibroids, you may be a good candidate for this procedure.
- Women who wish to keep their uterus. Understandably, many women wish to alleviate their symptoms without undergoing surgery to remove their uterus. For these women, UFE is an excellent option. The non-surgical UFE treatment provides the benefits of myomectomy or hysterectomy without many of the risks, downtime, or pain.
- Women who are not concerned about future pregnancy. Although many women have experienced successful pregnancies after treatment with UFE, the affects of the procedure on future pregnancies is not fully understood. For this reason, it is not typically recommended for women who are interested in having children in the future.
Do not continue to suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroids—let the experts at the Center for Image Guided Medicine at Emory Adventist Hospital help you. Our Medical Director, Dr. John Lipman, is a nationally-recognized interventional radiologist who specializes in the non-surgical treatment of uterine fibroids. If you are interested in learning more about whether or not uterine fibroid embolization may be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Lipman today by calling (770) 801-4634.