Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus or womb and affect up to 80% of women. They can range from less than an inch to more than six inches in diameter. UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that reduces pain and discomfort, it’s safer, and recovery time is shorter.

Common Symptoms

While most fibroids are asymptomatic and typically discovered when a woman has a routine pelvic examination, some women may experience symptoms associated with fibroids.

Fibroid pain and heavy menstrual bleeding can change the way you act and live. Know the symptoms you shouldn’t ignore. Don’t keep relief waiting.

Fibroid symptoms may include:

  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods, sometimes with clots
  • Anemia (fatigue due to low red blood count)
  • Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary frequency
  • Constipation or bloating
  • An enlarged belly

Discover key benefits of

Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Minimally Invasive

This procedure only requires a very small incision

Short Recovery Time

Recovery is typically just 7 to 10 days

Protects the Uterus

Non-surgical treatment leaves uterus in place

Minimally Invasive

This procedure only requires a very small incision

Short Recovery Time

Recovery is typically just 7 to 10 days

Protects the Uterus

Non-surgical treatment leaves uterus in place

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe, effective and proven alternative treatment to hysterectomy. UFE eliminates fibroids by blocking their blood supply causing them to shrink. Benefits of UFE include:

• Minimally invasive, performed through small nick in skin
• No general anesthesia
• Often performed as outpatient procedure
• Faster recovery compared to hysterectomy
or myomectomy
• Covered by most insurance

Understand the UFE Treatment

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that or team experts perform at our various location in Phoenix, AZ. It cuts off blood flow to all the fibroids, causing them to diminish. Fibroids of all sizes are eligible for this procedure.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a low-risk, minimally-invasive procedure that is an alternative to traditional surgery. Our team reduces pain and discomfort minimum and your recovery time is reduced to days instead of weeks or months. The entire fibroid treatment typically lasts less than one hour, and is performed as an outpatient therapy.

The Procedure

The uterine fibroid embolization procedure begins with a tiny incision in the femoral artery. This incision provides the IR with access to the femoral artery in the upper thigh. Using specialized X-ray equipment, the IR passes a catheter (small tube) into the femoral artery, to the uterine artery, and guides it near the location of the fibroid tumor. When the IR has reached the location of the fibroids, embolic material (small spheres) are injected through the catheter and into the blood flow leading to the uterine fibroid tumors.

The embolic material is designed to block the vessels around the fibroid, depriving it of the blood and oxygen it needs to grow. The blood and oxygen deprivation results in fibroids shrinking. The embolic material remains permanently in the blood vessels at the fibroid site.

The catheter is then moved to the other side of the uterus, usually using the same incision in the thigh. Once the IR has completed embolization of the uterine artery on both sides, the catheter is gently removed and the IR places finger pressure over the small incision in your thigh. After holding the puncture site for a few minutes to help stop any bleeding, the IR may close the incision using a vascular closure device.

Our Team of Experts

K. Alex Kim, MD

Board Certified Vein Specialist

Brant Kirk, MD, FACS

Surgeon

David Nye, DO, FACS

Vascular Surgeon