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Common Questions About Fibroids and UFE
Do all cases of fibroids require treatment?
No. In fact, treatment is only required in 10-20 percent of fibroids cases. Most fibroids don't cause any symptoms.
Can this prevent a hysterectomy?
Yes. The Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) procedure may reduce the need for hysterectomy substantially. 1/3 of all hysterectomies in the U.S. are linked to fibroids.
Will the procedure hurt?
Before the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area where the catheter will be inserted. Plus, you will be given a sedative to help you relax before the procedure.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
We will carefully explain instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. We will also provide you with written instructions.
Can I have uterine fibroid embolization if I still want to get pregnant?
UFE is not recommended if you are planning to get pregnant. There is a small amount of evidence that suggests a slightly higher miscarriage rate if you have a UFE. It is certainly possible to have a normal pregnancy, normal delivery, and normal baby after having the procedure, but if you have the option to have another treatment for your fibroids, that would be safest until further data is available about pregnancy after UFE. If a woman has been told that hysterectomy is her only treatment option, we would be happy to discuss the possibility of UFE with her.
Schedule a Phone Consultation
Request a phone consult for UFE if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Heavier-than-usual menstrual bleeding
- Pelvic pain or pressure
- Need to urinate more often
- Difficulty urinating
- Pain during or after intercourse
- Back or leg pain
Not recommended for women planning to get pregnant
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