F ibroid treatment, also known as uterine artery embolization, is a safe, effective technique for the treatment of fibroids and their symptoms. Dr. Moshfegh helps women throughout Southern California get the treatment they need to eliminate fibroids and the heavy bleeding, cramping and other symptoms they cause.
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What is uterine artery embolization?
Also known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), uterine artery embolization is a procedure used to treat uterine fibroids or, less commonly, adenomyosis, a condition where the lining of the uterus protrudes through the uterine wall. Both conditions can result in very heavy or irregular periods and cramping.
How is uterine artery embolization performed?
A small incision is made in the groin to allow a flexible tube, or catheter, to be inserted into the femoral artery. Dr. Moshfegh uses real-time imaging to carefully guide the catheter through the artery to the uterine arteries which supply the fibroids or other uterine tissue with blood. Tiny particles are released into these arteries, blocking them and preventing blood from entering the target tissue. Over time, the blockage of blood causes the fibroids or other targeted tissue to die off. The procedure is performed under sedation and without general anesthesia.
How effective is uterine artery embolization?
About 85 percent to 90 percent of patients report significant or complete relief of symptoms like cramping, heavy bleeding and symptoms of urge incontinence that can also accompany fibroids. Recurrence of fibroids is extremely rare.
What is the recovery period like?
Once the procedure is over, most women go home shortly afterward. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce swelling and cramping, and patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week or so.
How does uterine artery embolization affect fertility?
Many women go on to become pregnant following uterine artery embolization; Dr. Moshfegh can discuss your concerns with you during your visit. You may also decide to consult with a fertility specialist before your procedure. Fewer than two percent of women who undergo uterine artery embolization enter menopause, a result that occurs more frequently in women in their mid-40s and older who are already nearing menopause.