5 Reasons You Should Ask About UFE
Over 62% of women in the U.S. have never heard of non-surgical fibroid treatment options and over 20% of women think hysterectomy is their only choice. Surgery is not always the best or only option available to treat your uterine fibroids – the non-cancerous tumors located in your uterus. Common symptoms that could indicate fibroids in your uterus include a heavy menstrual flow, cramping, frequent urination, and pressure.
It’s shocking to learn that so many women are not given all their options when they are first diagnosed with uterine fibroids. As a healthcare provider, we make it our mission to inform our patients and give them as much information as possible so that they are able to make the best decision that fits their individual needs.
We think women shouldn’t have to choose between losing their uterus, and permanent relief from fibroid symptoms. Constantly missing work, canceling plans, and scheduling your life around being close to a restroom, shouldn’t be the “norm” for any woman. For many women, fibroid symptoms can become debilitating – negatively impacting their life in many ways.
Many women are reluctant to undergo surgery, even though invasive surgeries are prescribed by many doctors to remove fibroids. Invasive surgeries may be the right choice for some women; however, many women avoid treating their fibroids because they are unaware of other available options.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) offers the best alternative to surgery to treat fibroids. The procedure does not involve the removal of your uterus, does not interfere with hormones, does not require general anesthesia, offers a shorter recovery, and does not negatively impact other organs.
Here are the top 5 reasons as to why you should ask to determine if UFE is right for you:
1. Treat all of your fibroids
The interventional radiologist uses advanced ultrasound technology to observe blood flow of a particular fibroid and block the supply to it. If multiple fibroids need to be treated, the radiologist can adjust the position of catheter accordingly and all the fibroids can be treated with a single procedure.
2. Your uterus is preserved
Hysterectomy either partially or fully removes the uterus. Even with a myomectomy, the tissue of your uterus needs to be cut into in order to remove the fibroids. With UFE, your uterus is preserved as the fibroids are made to shrink and eventually die through inserting a catheter into the artery, leaving the possibility for you to conceive in future.
You can read about the differences between UFE and hysterectomy here: https://www.usafibroidcenters.com/uterine-fibroid-treatment/hysterectomy-vs-ufe/
3. Less risk
There are fewer risks with UFE as the procedure doesn’t require general anesthesia, which is the norm with many surgeries. Only a light sedative is required during treatment. You will not be asleep, like with general anesthesia, just very relaxed. Complications such as pelvic infection, bleeding, or injury to internal organs associated with surgical procedures, such as a hysterectomy or myomectomy, are highly unlikely with UFE.
4. Limited scarring
During a UFE procedure, the interventional radiologist will make a small nick in your groin or wrist to place the tiny catheter. Once the catheter is placed, they will inject beads of embolic agents into your blood vessels to block the supply of blood to the fibroids. This small cut is covered by a bandage, where no stitches are needed. The chance of developing scar tissue within the abdomen are minimal because the procedure is performed within the artery.
5. Quick recovery
You may experience cramping, which is usually the most uncomfortable 24 hours after the procedure and typically treated by pain medication. For a week after the procedure, the cramping will be mild, and you may feel fatigued and have nausea. UFE is performed as an outpatient procedure; therefore, most women are back to their normal activities the second week after the procedure.
You can visit USA Fibroid Centers if you’re interested in finding uterine fibroid treatment. Our fibroid specialists use the latest technologies and tools for fibroid pain and symptom treatment. We are located in over seven states across the nation. USA Fibroid Centers accepts most major health insurances and Medicaid. Our interventional radiologists have earned an unmatched reputation by treating thousands of women across the United States.