Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a procedure done by a radiologist. This technique cuts off blood supply of Fibroids in the uterus thus causing them to shrink. (It is also called uterine artery embolization.).
Western Radiologists offer a non-surgical alternative to fibroid removal. This minimally invasive treatment allows patients to return home the same day.
This highly effective medical treatment is performed by Professor Letsebe Darius Tsatsi. Professor Tsatsi has over 30 years’ experience in the Radiology space and about 20 years performing UFE.
How the Procedure is Done
First, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is placed into a blood vessel in the upper thigh (femoral artery). A substance called contrast material is then injected into the catheter. You may feel a warming sensation as it travels up to the uterus. The radiologist uses real-time X-ray on a video screen to see the arteries and then guides the catheter to the arteries that supply blood to the fibroid. A solution of polyvinyl alcohol particles is injected into those uterine arteries through the catheter. These particles build up in the targeted arteries and block blood flow to the fibroid.
Fibroids After Embolization
After UFE, the fibroids shrink, scar and retract into the wall of the uterus. Some women may temporarily experience vaginal discharge or expel the fibroid tissue.
Are You a Candidate?
Patients who are an ideal candidate for UFE include women who:
UFE and Pregnancy
Women can have successful pregnancies after uterine fibroid embolization.