What is Uterine Artery or Fibroid Embolization (UAE/UFE)? (Health & Beauty - Health Services)

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What is Uterine Artery or Fibroid Embolization (UAE/UFE)?

Uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, is a non-surgical image-guided procedure that effectively treats all uterine fibroids in one treatment. This is done by placing a tiny catheter into the uterine artery and blocking the blood flow to the fibroids using tiny beads (see video below). Why does this work? Uterine fibroids are very vascular and receive their blood supply from the uterine arteries, which allows the fibroids to grow over time if left untreated.2,3
Fibroid embolization can be performed as an outpatient procedure through a tiny pinhole in the skin, resulting in a faster return to work and minimal risk (after 30 days) when compared to having a hysterectomy.4 UFE is also done with local and moderate IV sedation, avoiding the risks of general anesthesia. What kind of facility can the UFE procedure be performed at? Read here.

Our outpatient center sees patients throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. The fibroid treatment is performed by our Endovascular Physician (an Interventional Radiologist) who is board certified in image-guided procedures using X-rays, tiny catheters, and other micro-tools, and has performed hundreds of complex embolizations with a special interest in fibroid treatments.

What is Interventional Radiology? This is the only specialty in medicine specifically trained to perform embolization procedures, such as for symptomatic fibroids

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