Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment for fibroid tumors of the uterus. The procedure is also sometimes referred to as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE). The procedure is done under normal sedation where physicians use an x-ray camera called a fluoroscope to guide the delivery of small polyvinyl alcohol particles to the arteries supplying blood to uterus and fibroids. These block the arteries that provide blood flow, causing the fibroids to shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women with fibroids experience relief of their symptoms. Only one night hospitalization will be required and the shrinkage of fibroids begins almost immediately and the expected average reduction in the volume of the fibroids is 40-50% in three months, with reduction in the overall uterine volume of about 30-40%. Certain complications to the procedure may happen like Infertility, Loss of Orgasm, and loss of ovarian function.
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