NewsUterine artery embolization
September 9, 2014
Uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids is a minimally-invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists. Traditional therapies can include medical therapies targeting hormone regulation, no treatment at all, or surgical options including focal myomectomy and complete uterine removal called hysterectomy. Uterine artery embolization of fibroids is a treatment administered from the inside of the artery; this method is an endovascular technique that occludes the blood flow to fibroids. Sterile tiny particles are directed into the fibroids by catheters selective into the arteries.
The fibroids become inflamed and then shrink by scarring which leads to significant pain and bleeding reduction related to fibroid symptoms. The benefits include faster recovery times, decreased hospitalization times, excellent clinical results, no general anesthesia risks, and preservation of the uterus. Many patients have been able to carry future pregnancies after this procedure, as the uterus is not removed.
Recently, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a new recommendation, based on the highest level of medical evidence, acknowledging that "uterine artery embolization is a safe and effective option for appropriately selected women who wish to retain their uteri." Green Bay Radiology has an extensive wealth of knowledge and experience in treating this entity with 6 IR physicians available at your service.
ACOG Practice Bulletin "Alternatives to Hysterectomy in the Management of Leiomyomas," Number 96, August 2008