Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is the latest and most minimally-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. It is NOT surgery. This is the procedure of choice for women who wish to keep their uterus intact and definitely treat their fibroids. It is an outpatient procedure that involves blocking the tiny abnormal arteries supplying the fibroid tumors. Using state of art imaging equipment those arteries are easily identified and treated.
This specialized procedure has been successfully performed for decades and has the highest recommendation (category A) from the American College of Gynecologists. It is not a procedure offered by gynecologists and is therefore not an option for many patients.
UFE offers the shortest recovery of any fibroid procedure and most women are back to completely normal activities in a week. Most of all, no surgical incisions are made. No laparoscopic cameras incisions, no large hysterectomy scars. Best of all, it requires no hospitalization and is an outpatient procedure! The dangers of anesthesia are also avoided, as UFE requires local anesthesia with sedation. Women leave our office after a short recovery (generally 2 hours) with a small bandage on their wrist.