Shrinking Fibroids Without Surgery
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-invasive procedure that can be performed under conscious sedation as opposed to general anesthesia. It’s a fast, easy, valuable procedure with proven results.
Fibroid: A non-cancerous tumor that’s taken its claim as the number one cause for a hysterectomy…until now. With the advent of Uterine Fibroid Embolization, women now have a highly-successful, safe, non-invasive choice to treat fibroids of any size.
Northridge Hospital's Renaissance Imaging Medical Associates now offers this latest procedure as an alternative to surgery or hormone therapy. During UFE, small synthetic particles are injected into the vessels that supply blood to the fibroids. Blocking blood flow to these masses literally causes them to shrink.
Controlled medical trials have shown fibroids to decrease by 39 percent after three months and by 52 percent after six months. That shrinkage contributes to a decrease in symptoms caused by fibroid tumors and prevents future complications.
In fact, UFE can decrease menstrual bleeding, urinary frequency, pelvic pain and pressure. It can even be used to treat infertility. Since UFE is a non-invasive procedure, it can be performed under conscious sedation as opposed to general anesthesia, thus, making it safer. It’s a fast, easy, valuable procedure with proven results.
Most patients who undergo UFE require only a one-night hospital stay. However, some women go home the day of the procedure. In most cases, women return to light activity within a few days and are usually back to work within seven to 10 days—a significantly faster recovery time when compared to surgery.
To learn more about Uterine Fibroid Embolization and other advanced services available at Northridge Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Services, call (818) 885-8500, ext. 5095, for more information.