Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive treatment for fibroid tumors (also known as leiomyomas), which are benign (noncancerous) tumors that arise from the muscular wall of the uterus. In most cases, fibroid tumors cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. UFEs give women an option other than a hysterectomy or myomectomy.
During a UFE procedure, the Interventional Radiologist will make a small nick in the skin of the groin area so a thin, flexible tube (catheter) can be inserted into the uterine artery. Small particles, which are then injected into the catheter, will shrink and kill the fibroids, allowing the uterus to recover. Nearly 90% of women with fibroids experience relief of their symptoms after this procedure.