Types of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

North Texas Fibroid specializes in treating uterine fibroids through minimally invasive artery embolization. Women see significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life when they decide to treat uterine fibroids. UFE treatment helps symptoms like heavy periods, pelvic pain, and cramps. Especially when a patient wants to maintain the uterus, uterine fibroid embolization has many benefits to treat fibroids compared to myomectomy or hysterectomy. 

  • UFE is a less invasive procedure
  • There is a shorter hospital stay and quicker recover time*
  • Fewer complications after the procedure*

Dr. Handley can perform the UFE procedure either through femoral access (in the groin) or radial access (in the wrist). Patients looking for an alternative to a hysterectomy for fibroid treatment now have the option to have the procedure done through the femoral or radial arteries. 

*Individual results may vary.

Femoral Access UFE

During uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), Dr. Handley injects particles into the uterine arteries that feed the fibroids. This blocks the flow of blood to the fibroid which results in it significantly shrinking and scaring over. When the procedure is performed through the femoral artery, a small incision is made near the groin to insert a catheter through the artery and to the uterine artery.

After the procedure, to avoid problems with the incision site, Dr. Handley will recommend that you lie flat after the procedure. Learn more about what happens before, during, and after uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) at North Texas Fibroids.

Radial Access UFE

During a radial access procedure, the uterine arteries can be reached by inserting a catheter into the radial artery through the wrist. The fibroid embolization is done the same way, but there are many benefits to performing UFE with radial access. Patients can typically sit up and move around sooner than a femoral access procedure. If a patient has concerns about modesty or groin sensitivity, they can choose to have UFE with radial access. 

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