Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization, is a minimally invasive outpatient therapy to treat fibroid tumors. The procedure is completed through a tiny nick in the skin, usually in the groin area, and usually takes less than one hour. Some tests may need to be done prior to the treatment and some patients may need to stay in the hospital up to 23 hours.
Learn additional information about other interventional radiology procedures.
Interventional radiology procedures are performed at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital. Following are common uses of interventional radiology:
An X-ray exam of the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages and other blood vessel problems.
Opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels by inserting a very small balloon into the vessel and inflating it.
Biliary Drainage and Stenting
A stent to open up blocked ducts and allow bile to drain from the liver.
Central Venous Access
Insertion of a tube to allow patients to receive medication or nutrients directly into the blood stream or so blood can be drawn.
Delivery of cancer-fighting agents directly to the site of a tumor.
Delivery of clotting agents directly to an area that is bleeding or to block blood flow to an aneurysm or a fibroid tumor in the uterus.
Fallopian Tube Catheterization
A treatment for infertility - uses a catheter to open blocked fallopian tubes without surgery.
Feeding tube inserted into the stomach for patients who are unable to take sufficient food by mouth.
Hemodialysis Access Maintenance
Use of angioplasty or thrombolysis to open blocked grafts for hemodialysis.
A new treatment for tumors that uses microwave energy/heat.
Diagnostic test for breast, lung and other cancers; an alternative to surgical biopsy.
Radio frequency (RF) Ablation
Use of radio frequency energy to cook and kill cancerous tumors.
A small flexible tube used to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Reinforces a ruptured or ballooning section of an artery (an aneurysm) with a fabric-wrapped stent.
Dissolves blood clots by injecting clot-busting drugs at the site of the clot.
TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt)
A procedure to improve blood flow and prevent hemorrhage.
Uterine Artery Embolization
A procedure of uterine arteries to stop life- threatening postpartum bleeding, potentially preventing hysterectomy. The same procedure is used to treat fibroid tumors.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization
A procedure of uterine arteries to shrink painful, enlarged, benign tumors in the uterus.