Uterine Fibroid Embolization at North Texas Fibroids
Dr. Handley has extensive experience with minimally invasive Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, area. Uterine Fibroid Embolization can help relieve pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and many other symptoms. Give us a call today at (972) 724-2000 to see if UFE can provide relief for your symptoms.
Learn more about uterine fibroid embolization:
- Is UFE Right for Me?
- UFE Treatment
- Steps to Treatment
- Patient Testimonials
- Types of Procedures
- UFE Recovery
What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a less invasive procedure for the treatment of uterine fibroids.
The process typically lasts less than an hour and requires only a small incision into the femoral artery. The procedure is designed to block the blood supply to the uterine fibroids, causing them to shrink. As one of the alternatives to hysterectomy procedures, UFE is clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of uterine fibroids.
- Preservation of the uterus
- Decrease in heavy menstrual bleeding from symptomatic fibroids
- Decrease in urinary dysfunction
- Decrease in pelvic pain and/or pressure
- Virtually no blood loss
- Covered by most insurance companies
- This procedure lasts approximately 60-90 mintues. Most patients will either go home 4-6 hours after the procedure or stay one night in the hospital while they recover
- UFE offers a shorter hospital stay, a faster return to work, and fewer complications after 30 days when compared to having a hysterectomy(1).
- More confidence with less chance of soiling events
- Overall significant improvement in patient’s physical and emotional well-being
- Overall, uterine fibroid embolization is a safe procedure and is a treatment for uterine fibroids that involves minimal risk
- 90% of all women were satisfied or very satisfied at final follow up(2).
(As with any medical procedure, discuss all risks and complications with your physician)
- Non-target embolization
- Transient amenorrhea (absence of a women’s menstrual period)
- Common short-term allergic reaction/rash
- Vaginal discharge/infection
- Possible fibroid passage
- Post-embolization syndrome (post-procedure pain, fever, tiredness, and elevated white blood cell count)
- Premature menopause
- The effects of UFE on the ability to become pregnant and carry a fetus to term, and on the development of the fetus, have not been determined
Find out if you are a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization.
Take some time to understand the UFE treatment procedure before you make your decision on your fibroid treatment option. Learn what to expect before, during and after the UFE treatement.
- Spies J et al. Outcome of uterine embolization and hysterectomy for leiomyomas: results of a multicenter study. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2004;191: 22-31.
- Lohle, P. et al. Long term outcome of uterine artery embolization for symptomatic uterine leiomyomas. JVIR 2008; 19:319-326
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Achieve Freedom from Fibroids without Surgery
Learn more about our fibroid doctor, Dr. Handley, and our team of fibroid specialists at North Texas Fibroids. We use interventional radiology techniques to shrink uterine fibroids without open surgery. UFE is an outpatient procedure that has less risk and a faster recovery than other treatments for uterine fibroids. Read patient reviews about UFE here.