Uterine Fibroid Embolization 

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

(an alternative to hysterectomy)


Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) also known as

Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is a minimally invasive procedure where the blood flow to the fibroids is blocked causing the fibroids to shrink.


Symptoms such as bleeding, bloating and pain are successfully relieved in more than 90% of patients with a single outpatient treatment.


The procedure is performed through a small nick in the skin the groin or wrist.  A small tube is inserted into the artery and guided around to the arteries that supply the uterus and fibroids. Tiny particles, the size of a grain of salt, are injected to the arteries to block the blood flow to the fibroid tumors.


UFE/UAE has been performed for over twenty years and is proven to be effective for the treatment of symptomatic fibroids.


This treatment is supported by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Uterine artery embolization is done in our office, as an outpatient with no visit to the hospital.


Pain control and anti-inflammatories are prescribed after the procedure to limit cramping and pain. Most women can return to normal activities and work after a week to ten days after the procedure.