Minimally Invasive

Only a tiny needle puncture in the skin is needed

Faster Recovery

Recovery is typically just 7 to 10 days

Fewer Complications

Non-surgical treatment leaves uterus in place

The Uterine Fibroid Embolization Advantage

Discover why women are choosing this FDA-approved alternative to hysterectomy for treating uterine fibroids.

If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you may have been told that hysterectomy is your only treatment option. However, did you know that uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a non-surgical, FDA-approved alternative to hysterectomy, has been used to successfully treat uterine fibroids for over 20 years?

What is UFE?

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine fibroid embolization (also called uterine artery embolization) is an interventional radiology treatment for uterine fibroids that preserves the uterus. UFE works by blocking the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink.

The procedure is performed by interventional radiologists — doctors specially trained to do minimally invasive vascular procedures, such as angioplasty and embolization, to treat a variety of conditions.

During UFE, a doctor positions a catheter through a small needle puncture in the leg and into the blood vessels of the uterus using X-ray guidance. Once positioned, tiny gelatin beads are slowly released to block the blood supply to the fibroids. Once the blood supply is successfully blocked, the fibroids will begin shrinking.

Faster Recovery. Greater Comfort.

Recovery from embolization is much faster than invasive surgery because there is no incision to heal or stitches to be removed. The risk of bleeding and complications is lower than with invasive surgery.

Most patients will have some cramping and nausea, but this tapers off over the course of several days. Most patients report that they feel recovered within seven days of having the UFE procedure.

Hysterectomy, on the other hand, takes more than 6 weeks of recovery and more than doubles the chance of complications compared to UFE.

Why Choose Advantage IR?

Advantage IR is at the forefront of the latest Interventional Radiology procedures that provide an effective alternative to surgery with minimal recovery time. From our doctors to our clinical staff, you will receive the quality care you deserve in a safe and comfortable environment.

Advantage IR uses state of the art equipment to provide the best in patient outcomes and care. All of our interventional radiologists are board-certified and have extensive experience and success using these minimally invasive techniques to treat patients with a variety of disorders.

Patient Success Story

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One of the best choices I've made!

After being diagnosed with uterine fibroids, Taniqua was initially told that hysterectomy was her only treatment option. Luckily, a friend told her about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a non-surgical, FDA-approved alternative to hysterectomy. Watch this video to learn more about her journey and how Advantage IR helped her feel great again.