What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?
Uterine Fibroid Treatment in Syracuse
Uterine Fibroids are common, benign growths that develop in the muscular walls of the uterus. They can range in size, from a quarter of an inch to a cantaloupe. While some fibroids don’t cause symptoms, others can cause bleeding and pain. If your fibroids are causing discomfort and heavy bleeding and you don’t plan on a pregnancy in the future, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) might be a good option for you.
What to Expect During Uterine Fibroid Embolization
After deciding that UFE is the best choice for you, your interventional radiologist will explain what to do prior to the procedure and what to expect during the procedure.
Prior to your UFE procedure – your physician will tell you when you need to stop eating and whether you should take your other medications the day of the surgery.
During your UFE procedure – you will be sedated, but not unconscious. The procedure usually takes one to three hours. The steps of UFE, which is a minimally invasive procedure, include:
- A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is placed into a blood vessel in the upper thigh.
- Using real-time imagery, the interventional radiologist guides the catheter through the artery.
- Small particles that are the size of grains of sand are released into the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroid tumor.
- Blood flow to the fibroid tumor is blocked, which causes the fibroids to shrink.
After your UFE procedure – Most interventional radiologists suggest at least a six-hour bed rest post-procedure. Cramping and abdominal pain are extremely common after UFE. Your interventional radiologist will decide what medications are necessary to keep you comfortable.
Some women are able to go home a few hours after the procedure, while others require an overnight hospital stay. Even though light cramping might continue for a short period of time, most women are able to resume normal activities within seven to ten days of undergoing the procedure.
To discuss treatment options for uterine fibroids or uterine fibroid embolization, contact one of our gynecologists in Syracuse today at (315) 446-4400. You can also schedule an appointment online using our secure form.