Uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE), also known as Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE), is a minimally invasive technique that has revolutionised the way uterine fibroids are treated. It blocks the blood vessels supplying blood to the fibroid, reducing pain and bleeding symptoms almost immediately.

Fibroid Embolisation

Fibroid Embolisation - THE FACTS

A specially trained doctor, called an interventional radiologist, will insert a catheter (thin, flexible tube) into an artery in your wrist or groin. Then using an X-ray camera they will guide the catheter to the blood vessels of your womb.

Fibroid Embolisation Diagram

Type

Anaesthetic

Requirements

X-ray guided procedure through a pin hole sized cut in the groin

Local

Oxygen mask to help you breathe. A cannula in your hand to provide medicines
A pain-relief pump for after the procedure.

Will I still have periods

Can the fibroids grow back

How long will I stay in  Hospital

Yes

Yes

Over night

Recovery

Work

Side Effects

1-2 weeks

Feeling tired or weak.
Feeling ‘low’ and emotional.
Bruising or Discomfort around wound site.
Mild oozing from the wound site.
Uterine pain and cramping.
There is a small chance (1 in 10 women) of vaginal bleeding or heavy discharge for up to 2 weeks.

Medication

You will be prescribed strong painkillers to help manage any pain.
You should use sanitary towels (not tampons) in order to reduce the risk of infection. Keep the wound site clean and dry.

You can drive once you are no longer taking strong painkillers (usually 1-2 weeks).

You will still need to use contraception if you do not wish to get pregnant.
We recommend that you avoid becoming pregnant for three months following surgery.

Driving

Contraception

Periods

Your periods should gradually return to a more normal frequency.

Procedure

Risks

General Anaesthetic

Bleeding

Hysterectomy

Fertility

Recurrence

Damage to Bladder

Damage to bowel

Infection

Not Applicable

Minimal

Very unusual post embolization but would mean you would not be able to have children

Small risk of inducing early menopause

Small risk

Small risk of a particle being injected in the wrong artery

Small risk of a particle being injected in the wrong artery

Very unlikely. If you have a fever or pelvic pain with a smelly vaginal discharge you should contact the hospital as you may require antibiotics.

Clot in leg / lung

Very unlikely

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Fibroid Embolisation

Fibroids deprived of oxygenated blood will shrink, reducing bleeding, pain and  bulk symptoms.

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Once the fibroid blood supply has been identified, a fluid containing tiny grain-like particles is injected into the catheter and delivered to the blood vessels blocking the blood supply.

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