Uterine Fibroid Embolisation
WHAT ARE UTERINE FIBROIDS?
Fibroids or uterine leiomyomata are benign overgrowths of the muscle of the uterus
20-40% of women over over 35
10-20% of those require treatment
Vary in size and location
SYMPTOMS OF FIBROIDS
WHAT IS UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLISATION?
The procedure is based on an angiogram procedure whereby a thin catheter is put into the femoral artery, and guided through to the uterine arteries and specifically the small arteries feeding the fibroids in the uterus. These arteries are then blocked off with special particles, and thereby the blood supply to the fibroid is cut off and it will involute. It is less invasive than open surgery( e.g. hysterectomy), can maintain or even enhance fertility, costs less than surgery and has improved recovery time.
RESULTS OF UFE Patient satisfaction:
80-90% asymptomatic or will have significantly reduced symptoms at 1 year
Dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain)
40-70% reduction in fibroid volume