Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UAE, UFE)
Uterine fibroid treatments in St. Louis
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment for fibroid tumors of the uterus in which a synthetic material called an embolic agent is placed inside one or more of the blood vessels that supply the tumors with blood. As the vessels close off, the fibroid tissue shrinks. Fibroid tumors, also known as myomas, are benign tumors that arise from the muscular wall of the uterus. It is extremely rare for them to turn cancerous. More commonly, they cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region, and pressure on the bladder or bowel. In a UFE procedure, radiologists use an x-ray camera called a fluoroscope to guide the delivery of small particles to the uterus and fibroids. The small particles are injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. These block the arteries that provide blood flow, causing the fibroids to shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women with fibroids experience relief of their symptoms. Because the effect of uterine fibroid embolization on fertility is not fully understood, UFE is typically offered to women who no longer wish to become pregnant or who want or need to avoid having a hysterectomy, which is the operation to remove the uterus.
kidney, pelvis, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovary
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