Understanding UFE – Am I a Candidate?
Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Right For Me?, Nearly 75% of women suffer from fibroid tumors by the age of 50.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a very promising, minimally invasive procedure using interventional radiology to destroy fibroids in the uterus by depriving them of their blood supply. UFE is a safe alternative to surgery without the hospitalization, general anesthesia, and long recovery time associated with surgical treatment.
Women who have fibroids but no symptoms do not need any treatment.
You may be a UFE candidate for if any of the following applies to you:
- Women who are experiencing the symptoms of uterine fibroids:
- Pelvic pain and pressure
- Prolonged menstruation
- Abnormal and heavy bleeding
- Lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Frequent need to urinate
- Enlarged abdomen
- Severe fatigue
- Women who have been told they are candidates for other fibroid treatments such as:
- Endometrial ablation
- Women who have been diagnosed with fibroids and want to retain their uterus
- Women with symptomatic fibroids who do not want to have surgery
- Women who are looking for a safe alternative to a hysterectomy
- Women who have had a myomectomy but still have symptomatic fibroids
- Women who have had endometrial ablation but are still experiencing fibroid symptoms
- Women who are not pregnant
- Women who no longer desire future fertility
How do I know if I am a UFE candidate?
The best way to know for sure if you are a good UFE candidate is to schedule a consultation with a fibroid specialist. The fibroid specialist will schedule you for a pelvic MRI prior to the consultation. During your consultation, the fibroid specialist will review your past medical records and history, discuss your symptoms and review the results of your pelvic MRI with you thoroughly. If you are a good candidate for UFE, the procedure can be scheduled. If you are not a good candidate for UFE, the fibroid specialist will discuss the findings of your consultation with your OB-GYN or primary care physician so you can pursue alternative treatment options.
You do not have to feel alone during this time. The patient care team at the Fibroid Center at St Johns Interventional and Vascular Institute truly cares about you and your unique situation and is here to help.
The experts at the Fibroid Center can help detect, diagnose and treat your uterine fibroids with Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), the minimally-invasive treatment and safe non-surgical alternative to a traditional hysterectomy.