Uterine Artery Embolization
Are you tired of suffering from the effects of uterine fibroids? If heavy periods, severe cramps, and low energy are getting you down, we want you to know that there’s help available.
As you begin to explore possible fibroid treatments, you may come across Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE). UAE, also known as Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), is an effective, minimally-invasive fibroid treatment that offers a range of benefits over other fibroid procedures.
Here’s what you need to know about fibroids, Uterine Artery Embolization, and how to learn more about fibroid treatment.
What Does Uterine Artery Embolization Treat?
Uterine Artery Embolization is used to treat symptomatic fibroids. While not all fibroids require intervention, treatment is generally recommended when your career, social life, intimate relationships, or self-esteem are affected by painful, uncomfortable, and inconvenient fibroid symptoms.
Common fibroid symptoms include:
- Heavy and prolonged menstruation between or during your periods
- Anemia, which can lead to fatigue
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent urination
- Constipation and/or bloating
- Pain in your pelvis or lower back
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Stomach swelling
In addition, uterine fibroids can sometimes cause damage to surrounding organs and fertility. Fortunately, UAE treatment can help prevent this from occurring.
What Is Uterine Artery Embolization?
As mentioned above, Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) is simply a different name for Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). At USA Fibroid Centers, we specialize in performing this outpatient procedure.
No matter what you choose to call it, the good news is that Uterine Artery Embolization can relieve the pain and discomfort caused by uterine fibroids. Compared to invasive fibroid surgeries, our treatment involves less risk, less pain, and a shorter recovery time. Beyond that, UAE leaves your uterus fully intact so that you can get pregnant in the future.
During UAE, or UFE, treatment, your doctor will:
- Provide a light sedative to keep you calm and comfortable the entire time
- Numb your upper thigh and insert a tiny catheter
- Use a specialized ultrasound technique to guide this catheter into the main uterine artery supplying blood and nutrients to your fibroid(s)
- Inject embolic materials to cause your fibroid(s) to wither away and eventually die
- Place a bandage over your small incision; stitches are not necessary
- Allow you to return home soon afterward
Uterine Artery Embolization is covered by most major insurance plans and available at dozens of USA Fibroid Center locations nationwide. The treatment takes only 30 to 45 minutes.
Uterine Artery Embolization Recovery
Your expected recovery time from Uterine Artery Embolization is relatively short when compared to hysterectomy or myomectomy. A hysterectomy, for instance, can involve several days in the hospital and a full six to eight weeks spent recovering.
On the other hand, you can return home on the same day following UAE; most women are back to daily activities within a week or two. During the first several days of your recovery, you may experience cramping and fatigue. Some women manage their discomfort with over-the-counter medications; others require prescription pain relievers. You may notice vaginal discharge, nausea, or a low-grade fever.
You should begin to feel better with each passing day. If you have any concerns about your Uterine Artery Embolization recovery, please contact us immediately.
Uterine Artery Embolization Fertility Concerns
If you are concerned about Uterine Artery Embolization and pregnancy, we certainly understand and empathize with your situation. Unfortunately, uterine fibroids often develop and cause problems during the childbearing years. We want to assure you that most women are able to get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby after UAE treatment.
You may already know that other fibroid treatments, such as a hysterectomy, do not give you this option. If you would like to get pregnant in the future, hysterectomy should be avoided.
Please be aware that although fibroid symptoms tend to worsen during pregnancy, we do not perform Uterine Artery Embolization at this time.
Schedule a Consultation Today!
At USA Fibroid Centers, we know that making the right fibroid treatment decision is important, especially when you desire pregnancy in your future. We also understand that everyone’s individual situation is unique. To consider your full range of options, we recommend visiting one of our top-rated fibroid specialists for a one-to-one consultation.
During your initial visit, we can review your symptoms and discuss the best course of action. To get started, simply schedule an appointment online or call us at 855.615.2555. We now offer a choice of in-office or virtual doctor visits.
There’s no need to suffer from fibroids any longer. Given all of life’s challenges this past year, we can at least help with this one. We look forward to helping you regain control of your life after Uterine Artery Embolization!