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Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

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Conditions That Have Symptoms Similar to Uterine Cancer

Some women get noncancerous tumors in the wall of their uterus. These are called fibroid tumors or leiomyomas. Some fibroids cause no symptoms at all, but others may cause symptoms such as pelvic pain, unusual vaginal bleeding, and the urge to urinate frequently. These tumors are common and are not cancerous. Often, no treatment is necessary for fibroid tumors. 

Other women get endometriosis. In this condition, the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus is found in other areas of the body, usually in the pelvis. This is not cancer, but some women with endometriosis may have cramps and pelvic pain, unusual vaginal bleeding, and some of them cannot have children. Endometriosis pain tends to be cyclic, and monthly. It may happen throughout the cycle. 

An overgrowth of cells in the endometrial lining is called endometrial hyperplasia. This is a precancerous condition that can occur in women around the time of menopause. Unless it is treated, it may turn into cancer. Symptoms include unusual vaginal bleeding.

Symptoms of endometrial (uterine) cancer include unusual vaginal bleeding or any vaginal bleeding that occurs after menopause. Pelvic pain may or may not be present.

If you have any unusual vaginal bleeding, particularly after menopause, don’t ignore it. Make sure you see your doctor.

Do you have heavy periods? Pelvic pain? Frequent urination? Constipation or bloating? You might have Uterine Fibroids. Click here to learn more about the signs, symptoms and diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of fibroids. The benefits of UFE include:

  • Treats all fibroids present
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Twilight sedation
  • One night hospital stay
  • Return to work in about one week

Ideal candidates for UFE include women who:

  • Do not want surgery or a hysterectomy

  • Have symptomatic fibroids

  • Do not intend to become pregnant in future

  • May not be good candidates for surgery

For more information, or to schedule a consultation with an Interventional Radiologist, please call 954-776-8824.