What is UFE?

WHAT IS UFE?

Though it’s been used effectively for many years to treat fibroids, you may not be familiar with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). It offers many benefits that traditional treatments don’t. Watch the short video to learn more. 
Though it’s been used effectively for many years to treat fibroids, you may not be familiar with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). It offers many benefits that traditional treatments don’t. Watch the short video to learn more. 

HOW DOES UFE WORK?

  • UFE is a non-surgical procedure that blocks the flow of blood to your uterine fibroids, basically cutting off their oxygen and nutrients. No oxygen means no growth.
  • The UFE procedure is performed by a specially-trained physician called an interventional radiologist.
  • It is performed under conscious sedation (which simply means that you will be receiving IV medications to help relax you and control your pain).
  • First, a small tube, called a catheter, is inserted into the groin and then moved into the uterine artery, which supplies blood to your fibroids.
  • The radiologist then injects microspheres—tiny hydrogel balls—through the catheter. 
  • These microspheres fill the uterine blood vessels and block the flow of blood. Once the fibroids are starved of oxygen, they begin to shrink and your symptoms should start to improve.1-2

If you have any questions about the UFE procedure or other treatment options, talk with your OB/GYN or directly with an Interventional Radiologist (IR).