Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus, often causing symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and frequent urination. These symptoms can affect daily life and overall well-being, prompting the need for effective treatment options.

Signs and Symptoms of UFE:

  • Enlarged uterus
  • Abnormally enlarged abdomen
  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods
  • Unusual monthly bleeding, sometimes with clots
  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Excessive back pain
Woman in pain from uterine fibroid embolization

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE):

UFE is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure designed to treat uterine fibroids by blocking the blood vessels that supply them. Unlike traditional surgical interventions, UFE offers numerous advantages, making it an attractive choice for women seeking a less invasive, more convenient solution.

Key Benefits of UFE:

1. Non-Surgical Approach:

UFE is performed through a small incision, typically in the groin area, without the need for major surgery. This means less pain, a shorter recovery time, and reduced risk compared to traditional surgical options.

2. Preservation of Uterine Tissue:

Unlike some surgical procedures, UFE preserves the uterus and its functionality. This is particularly important for women who wish to maintain their fertility or avoid a hysterectomy.

3. Quick Recovery:

Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week after UFE, offering a faster recovery compared to surgical alternatives.

4. Effective Symptom Relief:

UFE has shown remarkable success in alleviating symptoms associated with uterine fibroids, such as heavy bleeding and pelvic pain. Many women experience significant improvement in their quality of life after undergoing this procedure.

5. Outpatient Procedure:

UFE is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day. This contributes to the convenience and accessibility of the treatment.

Paul John Rochon, MD, a Board-Certified Vascular & Interventional Radiologist at American Vein & Vascular Institute, specializes in treating uterine fibroids through a treatment called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) at our Vascular Center located in Thornton, CO.