Uterine Fibroid Embolization
When you’re in pain, you want answers that give you the clarity and comfort you need to choose a path to better health. You don’t have to live with the heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence and frequency caused by uterine fibroid tumors. You also don’t need to live with the unintended consequences of hysterectomy. The team at CDI Vascular Care treats painful uterine fibroids through a non-surgical procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).
Roslyn's UFE Story
What is UFE?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that cuts off the blood supply to the fibroid. When the fibroid no longer has blood to nourish it, it begins to soften and eventually shrinks on its own. Many women experience significant symptom relief when this happens. UFE requires only a local anesthesia and a mild sedative, so it can be performed in an outpatient setting. That means no incisions, no general anesthesia and a much shorter recovery time than surgical treatments like hysterectomy.
Dr. Cumming Explains the Benefits of UFE
Millions of women suffer from uterine fibroids. While they can often be controlled through diet, exercise and medication, severe symptoms often require surgical options like a hysterectomy (removal of uterus) or myomectomy (removal of the tumors). While these options are generally effective at treating the fibroid symptoms, they often result in a new set of problems.
Risks associated with hysterectomy:
- Requires general anesthesia
- Results in lengthy recovery
- Presents higher complication rates than uterine fibroid embolization
- 15-30% of women report decreased sexual function and increased rates of depression after having a hysterectomy
- Incidence of cardiovascular disease increases (up to 3 times)
- Increased chance of developing pelvic floor problems including incontinence
Advantages of UFE
- Minimally-invasive treatment option
- Outpatient procedure
- Greatly reduced recovery time (return home same day, return to normal activities within one week)
- Safer than hysterectomy
- No need to remove uterus
- Covered by most insurance plans
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about whether UFE is right for you, fill out this form and we will call you to schedule a consultation, or get in touch with us at 952-738-4477.