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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

About 1 in 4 American women experience severe symptoms related to uterine fibroids.

Fibroids are benign, non-cancerous growths in or on the walls of the uterus. Most fibroids cause no symptoms and are only discovered when a woman has a routine pelvic examination or ultrasound.

When symptoms occur, they can be excruciating -- bleeding, cramping, extreme abdominal swelling, pressure on the bladder creating a frequent need to urinate.

Historically, the most common fibroid treatments were surgical procedures, which involve removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or removal of the fibroids (myomectomy). While these options are effective, they require anesthesia and lengthy recovery times.

For those women who do not want surgery, are not comfortable with going under anesthesia or who prefer not to have a lengthy recovery period, Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), is an effective option. UFE is a minimally invasive, typically outpatient, procedure that both preserves the uterus and greatly reduces recovery time.

UFE is performed by an Interventional Radiologist, a doctor who uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to see inside the body and treat conditions without surgery. The procedure lasts less than an hour and is clinically proven to effectively block the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to shrink.

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