Every ten minutes around twelve women in U.S.A get a hysterectomy (uterus removal). Believe that’s 600,000 annually. 1/3rd of cases are due to uterine fibroids, which can be disruptive or painful. Nobody knows what causes the uterine fibroid, but research says African American females are highly prone to this disease. Now, there is another option that does not involve major surgical procedure. This is called UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization.
Around 40% women have Uterine Fibroids at some stage in their life. Fibroids are non-cancerous developments inside uterine wall. They can be very small as pea or as big as melon. Conventionally the only procedure to rid fibroid was hysterectomy i.e. the removal of uterus. However now there is a treatment that does not involve any major surgical procedure. This procedure is called UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization. The best part of this treatment is that it treats all the fibroids inside the uterus. About 85 to 90 % of sufferers who undergo a Uterine Fibroid Embolization procedure reported that it significantly reduced the symptoms of Uterine Fibroid at least by half within 2 months, and the sufferer get back to their routine life. They started focusing on their important life routine rather pain of fibroid.
What is UTERINE FIBROID embolization (UFE) and How it Works?
UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a non-surgical treatment to uterine fibroids. It has a shorter procedural and recovery time. It just takes less than an hour for whole procedure. The procedure consists of an interventional radiologist who uses a catheter to provide microscopic beads to block the blood supply to uterine fibroids inside the uterus to stop its further growth. A catheter is placed inside an artery in the groin. Through real-time imaging, the expert guides the catheter via artery and releases the tiny particles in the size of grains in the uterine arteries which then supply blood to tumor that leads to blocks the blood circulation. Ultimately this kills the fibroids and shrinks.
More than 13,000 UFE treatments have already been done since 2004. 96% of those sufferers reported that they were happy with the results. UFE actually offers an alternative way to treat uterine fibroids without any major surgical procedure and the best part preserving the uterus i.e. the reproductive quality of the sufferer. Thus it allows women to live without the pain and discomfort of fibroids as well as conceive and become a mother.