Women’s Health

Women’s Health

Uterine fibroids: Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths of the muscular portion of the uterus, which may cause pain and heavy bleeding. Interventional radiologists are able to perform non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments of uterine fibroids, called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) or uterine artery embolization (UAE)using real-time imaging. In this procedure, the interventional radiologist accesses the uterine arteries via a catheter in the femoral. The physician guides the catheter into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid and then releases tiny particles or coils through the catheter to occlude the blood supply of the tumor, causing it to shrink and die.

Fibroid embolization may require a hospital stay of one night. This is a procedure without many complications. Most of the women who had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain and/or bulk-related symptoms. Recurrence of fibroids treated by UFE is very rare.