About Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Uterine fibroid embolization is performed by interventional radiologists, physicians who specialize in minimally invasive treatments and offer diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. Embolization is a common interventional radiology treatment for benign and cancerous tumors. With uterine fibroid embolization, an interventional radiologist makes a tiny nick in the skin, about the size of a pencil tip and inserts a catheter into the femoral artery. Using real-time imaging, the physician guides the catheter up the artery and then releases tiny particles, the size of grains of sand, into the blood vessels feeding the fibroid, cutting off its blood supply and causing it to shrink and die and symptoms to subside. Most women return home the next day and can resume normal activities. There is less risk of serious complication with UFE, and these complication rates are lower than those of hysterectomy and myomectomy.
About the Society of Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.
Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery.
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