Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow on or within the lining of the uterus. They can cause intense pelvic pain or discomfort, frequent urination, urinary incontinence and heavy menstrual bleeding. In some cases, the symptoms of fibroids may be controlled with medication. When treatment is needed, a safe procedure called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is available at Precision Therapy of Imaging Healthcare Specialists (IHS) of Southern California.
During the UFE procedure (also known as Uterine Artery Embolization or UAE), your Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ Interventional Radiologist uses imaging guidance to thread a small catheter through the body to the site of the blood vessel feeding the fibroids. When the catheter reaches the location of the fibroids, the radiologist embolizes or blocks the blood vessels that feed the fibroid, depriving it of oxygenated blood.
UFE is performed on an outpatient basis at our centrally located San Diego treatment center. The procedure generally takes an hour and the patient returns home the same day.