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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

General Information

Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure to control severe menstrual bleeding caused by fibroids in the uterus. It offers women an alternative to hysterectomy or other surgeries.

How uterine fibroid embolization works

Interventional radiologists use imaging devices, like X-ray or ultrasound, to guide tiny thin plastic tubes into blood vessels that lead into your uterus. They deliver tiny beads that block blood flow to the fibroids or noncancerous tumors.

With the blood supply cut off, fibroids shrink and no longer cause discomfort or heavy bleeding. Your uterus and ovaries remain intact with little or no scar tissue.

Embolization is a safe and minimally invasive procedure. It reduces risk of complications, causes less pain and shortens recovery time, compared to surgery.

Who is a candidate for the procedure?

Most women with symptoms of uterine fibroids may consider uterine fibroid embolization to relieve severe menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and frequent urination. The procedure gives them an alternative to preserve their uterus and avoid major surgery, such as a hysterectomy.
 
Women who may want to have children in the future should consider other treatment options. Embolization is not an option for women diagnosed with precancerous or cancerous tumors in the uterus.
 
Our interventional radiologists work closely with your gynecologist and other specialists to provide information that can help you choose the right treatment for you.

We're here to help

If you have heavy menstrual bleeding or pelvic pain, talk with your healthcare provider about uterine fibroid embolization. Our interventional radiologists also are available to talk with you about the best treatment option for you.

Our interventional radiology services offer an alternative to surgery for patients with a wide range of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal conditions, urologic problems or men’s and women’s health issues.

 

Call (574) 533-7476 for an appointment with our interventional radiology team.

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