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Uterine Fibroid Embolization


If you are suffering from uterine fibroids, the skilled interventional radiologists at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center can help.

St. Joseph’s is proud to offer Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a safe and effective procedure for the treatment and removal of uterine fibroids.

What are uterine fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus that can vary in size. While many women have uterine fibroids without having symptoms, some women may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, or bladder and bowel issues.

How does UFE work?

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is performed by injecting small sand-like particles into the arteries of the uterus. These particles block blood flow to the fibroid tumor, causing it to shrink and die.

What can I expect during Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

A small catheter will be inserted into your femoral artery, a blood vessel in the upper thigh. Your doctor will inject a solution containing the sand-like particles into the catheter. After the catheter is removed, your healthcare team will apply pressure and a bandage at the point of insertion. The entire procedure lasts between one and three hours. Depending on the severity of the uterine fibroids, an overnight hospital stay may be required.

Why chose UFE?

The many benefits of UFE include:

  • 90-95% of women experience significant or total relief from their symptoms
  • Minimally invasive procedure, requiring one small incision for the catheter
  • Shorter hospital stay and fewer complications than traditional surgery

Am I a candidate for UFE?

While UFE is an effective treatment for the removal of uterine fibroids, it may not be appropriate for everyone. Our physicians will work with you to determine if it is a good fit. Overall, ideal candidates:

  • Are not pregnant
  • Have not reached menopause
  • Have symptomatic fibroids
  • Want to avoid traditional surgery

Learn More about Uterine Fibroid Embolization at St. Joseph’s

To learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our interventional radiology specialists, contact 602.406.6700.