Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) growths in or on the walls of the uterus. They can range in size from less than an inch to more than 12 inches in diameter.
Up to 70% of women have fibroids, but if they’re not causing symptoms of pain and discomfort, they don’t need to be treated.
Women typically seek treatment for fibroids when they experience these symptoms:
- Pain in lower abdomen, lower back or pelvis
- Heavy, abnormal or irregular menstruation
- Frequency or difficulty with urination
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that relieves bleeding, pain and discomfort caused by fibroids.
UFE is an outpatient alternative to a hysterectomy for fibroid treatment, so you can keep your uterus and avoid the pain, time, hospitalization, recovery, costs and possibly complications of surgery.
UFE is covered by most insurance, and the vast majority of patients experience full relief of their symptoms. If considering hysterectomy, see if UFE can get you easier, faster relief.
Dr. Mahmoud Samman is a board-certified Interventional Radiologist. His Vascular & Interventional Institute of Louisville is the first in Kentucky and Indiana to offer UFE as a one-hour procedure.
In a UFE procedure, a small, non-surgical incision is made to insert a catheter through a vein to the site of the fibroid. A therapeutic particle is then injected to shrink the fibroid to a size which eliminates or greatly reduces symptoms.