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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?
A minimally invasive procedure where a tiny nick is made in the groin area or wrist. Using a specialized X-ray, a catheter is guided through the uterine artery near the location of the fibroid. Then, embolic material (particles) is injected through the catheter blocking the blood flow to the fibroids causing them to shrink.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids or leiomyomas, are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus. They can be of varying size, from being as small as a quarter to, in some extreme cases, the size of a small melon. In rare cases, fibroids can even simulate the size of a full pregnancy. The good news is, fibroids are a very treatable condition.
Am I at Risk?
Since uterine fibroids are the most common tumors within the female reproductive system, all women are at potential risk for developing them. The majority of uterine fibroids are diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 54. However, fibroids can occur in women younger than 35, and occasionally they can remain symptomatic in post menopausal women.
What are my treatment options?
Numerous treatment options exist for fibroids. These range from conservative to invasive. At Fairfax Vascular Center, we feel that our patients should be informed of all treatment options. Understanding what is available, the risks and benefits will enable you to make the correct choice for your own symptoms and lifestyle.