Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), also known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), has proven successful in significantly decreasing or eliminating fibroid related symptoms of bleeding, pressure and pain in the majority of women with fibroids or adenomyosis.
In UFE, radiologists carefully place a small catheter into both the right and left uterine arteries and cut off the blood supply to fibroids, causing them to die and shrink. This helps women overcome the debilitating symptoms from fibroids. UFE is performed while the patient is conscious, but sedated and feeling no pain. It does not require general anesthesia and is an outpatient procedure.
85-90% of women who have had the procedure experience significant or total relief of heavy bleeding, pain and/or bulk-related symptoms. The procedure is effective for multiple fibroids, including large fibroids. Recurrence of treated fibroids is very rare. Short and mid-term data show UFE to be very effective with a very low rate of recurrence. Long-term (10-year) data demonstrates that more than two thirds of patients are without need for further intervention (EMMY Trial).
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