UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION
Relief from your painful uterine fibroids
A Uterine Fibroid Embolization is an non-surgical, effective procedure to treat fibroids.
The Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedure is a highly effective, minimally invasive treatment for fibroids.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization, also called UFE, is a treatment for uterine fibroids that is less invasive than a hysterectomy. This minimally invasive procedure preserves your uterus, lowers complication rates versus the old major surgeru approach of hysterectomies. UFE reduces pain and blood loss, and has a reduced recovery time. Most patients return home on the same day as the procedure and return to normal activities shortly thereafter. It’s an outpatient treatment in which a small incision is made in the upper thigh, and a catheter is inserted into it. This catheter is moved gently to the location of the fibroid by our qualified team, who will guide it through your blood vessels.
Get Symptomatic Relief
The most prevalent symptoms for uterine fibroid patients are heavy periods, passage of clots, spotting between periods, constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and pelvic pressure.
UFE = Uterine Fibroid Embolization
You can now choose this minimally invasive, highly effective, modern treatment. Fibroid Embolization — a clear choice for many women.
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Fibroids cause numerous symptoms
Due to minimal symptoms, many women do not realize they have uterine fibroids. The size, locations and number of fibroids may influence their symptoms:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Lower back pain
Any of the symptoms above warrant a trip to your doctor. If you experience any sharp pain in your pelvic region or have severe vaginal bleeding, please seek immediate medical attention.
Minimally Invasive, effective treatment
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Treatment (UFE)
The UFE procedure is minimally-invasive that blocks the blood supply to fibroids causing them to shrink. Small beads, known as embolization spheres, are injected into the fibroid though a very small incision in the upper thigh. These spheres selectively stop blood flow and after a few months the fibroids shrink, eliminating their symptoms.
Phillip T. Zeni, Jr., M.D., FSIR
Dr. Phillip Zeni is a board-certified interventional radiologist with over twenty years of experience serving patients in the greater Memphis metropolitan area. As the founder and medical director of Zenith Health & Aesthetics, he specializes in the treatment of uterine fibroids, having successfully performed more than 500 uterine fibroid embolization procedures over the past twenty years!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Questions about Uterine Fibroids and UFE
Is uterine fibroid embolization safe?
Yes, uterine fibroid embolization is a safe and effective non-surgical option to treat symptoms caused by uterine fibroids. This minimally invasive procedure preserves your uterus, lowers complication rates versus the old major surgeru approach of hysterectomies. UFE reduces pain and blood loss, and has a reduced recovery time. Most patients return home on the same day as the procedure and return to normal activities shortly thereafter.
Will UFE work on larger fibroids?
Uterine fibroid embolization has been found to work on fibroids of all sizes. In fact, a recent study in 40 women with large fibroids had a 97.5% success rate!
How long does it take to recover from UFE?
Unlike a hysterectomy that requires six to eight weeks for full recovery, you can resume regular activities within just a few days of a UFE procedure. At Zenith Health we do not require an overnight stay and most women go home within a few hours.
How big is the incision?
The incision for the uterine fibroid embolization procedure is extremely small, roughly the size of a tip of a pencil.
How long will it take for my symptoms to disappear?
Fibroid symptoms typically disappear within the first three months after the uterine fibroid embolization procedure. According to a study concerning UFEs, 93% of women reported improvements in their symptoms within 3 months after the procedure. If heavy bleeding is the issue, a reduction in bleeding usually occurs immediately following the procedure. Learn more about how to shrink fibroids fast.
What can I expect during recovery?
The first few hours following the uterine fibroid embolization procedure tend to be the most uncomfortable. Patients with symptoms of such discomfort may experience mild to moderate pain, cramping, and nausea, although these symptoms are often easily managed with over-the-counter medicines and pain relievers. For the first three to five days after the procedure, we ask that you limit your activity levels in order to allow your body to recover. Most women are able to return to their regular activities within ten days after their procedure.
Can I still get pregnant?
As compared to a hysterectomy, in which patients are no longer able to become pregnant, the uterine fibroid embolization procedure does not affect the ability to get pregnant. In fact, studies have shown that uterine fibroid embolization can actually increase the probability of getting pregnant.
Is a UFE covered by insurance?
Most health insurance companies cover UFEs.
Uterine Fibroids are benign smooth muscle tumors
Even though these tumors are non-cancerous they can still cause problems. Depending on their size, which range from a pea to a grapefruit and their location on the uterus.
It may be time to consider uterine fibroid embolization if you want to avoid some of the painful symptoms that can arise with larger fibroids. You may also want to seek out treatment if you’re already suffering from some of these symptoms and are seeking relief. Any fibroid that is large enough to be causing pain is large enough to consider treatment.
DID YOU KNOW: The largest fibroid in the history of medicine was 63 kg, or 139 pounds! Usually, the size of a fibroid is several millimeters.
The fastest and easiest way to get evaluated and treated with Uterine Fibroid Embolization in the Mid South
Find out if you are a candidate for uterine fibroid embolization by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Zeni and Zenith Health & Aesthetics today.