Choosing Uterine Fibroid Embolisation
The reason so many women choose Uterine Artery Embolisation is that it is so much less invasive than a hysterectomy to get relief from fibroids. UFE is a permanent solution and offers complete relief from fibroid related symptoms. It’s a procedure that has been performed for more than 30 years with excellent results. It is carried out in a controlled medical environment with a professional interventional radiologist specifically trained in this area. There is minimal recovery time needed and the results are immediate. Research shows a very low risk that fibroids will re-occur. Patients are made to be very comfortable and are sedated during the procedure. Conscious sedation means there is no pain felt during the sedation, nor is there memory of it afterwards. Although there is a small amount of pain following the procedure, much like period pains, recovery happens quickly and the relief is instant.
A thin tube (catheter) is placed in the radial artery of the wrist which is advanced into the blood vessels that supply the uterus.
Tiny particles are then infused into the blood vessels supplying the fibroids
The fibroids, now starved of their nutrient supply shrink. Periods improve immediately. The procedure is tailored to the individual patient.
After Your Procedure
After a one-night stay in hospital you are able to go home. For a short while after the blood supplying the fibroids is shut down, there is a dull ache similar to a period pain. This is an indication that the arteries connected to the fibroids are slowly shutting down. The uterus stops bleeding almost straight away which is a great relief for patients. Although the pain goes away fairly quickly, pain relieving medication is given as required. The skin incision disappears as it heals and its usually invisible a small while after. Because it is a tiny incision it doesn’t need stitches. Patients have a check up scheduled with their gynaecologist a few weeks after the procedure to track their healing progress. If pregnancy is on your agenda, we recommend waiting 5 months for healing to complete before you start trying to conceive.