Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Reprinted from “Inside Radiology”, A Quarterly Review from Mid-South Imaging & Therapeutics, P.A., Fall 2000

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical technique to treat uterine fibroids.  Hysterectomy has been the primary therapy for uterine fibroids for decades.  However since the late 1990s uterine fibroid embolization has shown to be both safe and effective in treating uterine fibroids in a uterine sparing nonsurgical method. 

The procedure is performed by placing a small tube in the artery through very small incision and a device is advanced into the blood supply of the fibroids.  Small particles the size of grains of sand made out of the same material as contact lenses is injected into the fibroid blood supply eliminating the fibroids.  The results are effective and long-lasting.  Greater than 90% of patients undergoing uterine fibroid embolization would recommend it as a therapy for uterine fibroids.