Uterine Fibroids are the most common form of noncancerous uterine tumors, affecting 25 – 40% of American women. While not life-threatening, fibroids can cause significant discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fortunately, hysterectomy is no longer the only option. Upstate Carolina Radiology’s interventional radiologists can perform a minimally invasive procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) that can provide significant and lasting symptomatic relief without compromising fertility.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
UFE is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat uterine fibroids. Under image guidance, interventional radiologists use a small catheter to release tiny particles into the uterine arteries, blocking blood supply to the fibroids. This causes the fibroid to shrink and offers relief from symptoms. UFE is a welcome alternative to surgeries like hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and myomectomy (surgical removal of individual fibroids).