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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Many women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms, however, for those who do, the fibroids may need to be treated to reduce symptoms and pain. In the past, treatment usually involved surgery such as removing the uterus through a hysterectomy or removing the fibroids from the uterus through a myomectomy.

While these options are generally effective, they require general anesthesia and lengthy recovery times, and they carry the risk of surgical complications. Many women are also not candidates for a myomectomy because of the size, number, or location of their fibroids. Plus, the recurrence rate for fibroids following myomectomy is high.

At South Florida Vascular Associates, we perform uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), or uterine artery embolization to treat fibroids. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which the blood flow of the uterus is intentionally reduced, causing the fibroid tumors to shrink. It alleviates or improves fibroid symptoms 90% of the time.

Who is a Candidate for Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine fibroid embolization is generally recommended for any individual who is experiencing symptoms from her fibroids and who wishes to avoid major surgery such as a hysterectomy. A discussion with your vascular interventional physician regarding this treatment option can determine if it is right for you.

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The Uterine Fibroid Embolization Procedure

Our doctors perform uterine fibroid embolization in our beautiful, state-of-the-art outpatient facility without the need for hospitalization.

The embolization procedure is performed by making a small nick in the skin in the groin and inserting a thin tube, known as a catheter, into the femoral artery. The catheter is guided through the arterial system and into the arteries supplying the uterus using X-ray imaging. Very tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, are then injected into the arteries to block the blood flow to the uterine fibroid.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Aftercare

Following uterine fibroid embolization, you may experience pelvic pain and pressure, which can be controlled with pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs. There are no restrictions after this procedure, though it typically takes about a week to fully recover. Many women resume light activities in a few days and the majority of women can return to normal activities within 7-10 days.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


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