Uterine Artery Embolization

The Interventional Radiology Division offers uterine artery embolization (UAE) as an effective treatment for symptoms due to uterine fibroids. UAE is a uterus-sparing alternative to hysterectomy, and has a 90% success rate. UAE offers a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery time, and, in most cases, a reversal of symptoms that can cause bleeding, pelvic or bulk symptoms associated with fibroids.

In UAE, a fluoroscopically guided arterial catheter is used to inject tiny plastic or sponge-like particles into the blood vessels that feed the uterine fibroids. Once blood flow to the fibroids is cut off, they shrink gradually over the next weeks and months.

Patients who qualify for uterine artery embolization include premenopausal women suffering from heavy bleeding or bulk symptoms. The initial diagnosis is confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or ultrasound.

The Interventional Radiology Division offers a comprehensive clinical service including the latest in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound scanning. The UAE procedure is performed in our comfortable, state-of-the-art procedure suites. We are active in multiple clinical trials which address long-term outcomes and quality of life changes following UAE.

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