Women who’ve undergone uterine fibroid embolization to remove painful fibroids report an absence of painful symptoms within days of the procedure. Besides being symptom-free, other benefits of the fibroid removal system include lower risks, a quick recovery and easy access. In Brooklyn, your vein and vascular doctor provides fibroids uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis too. Call today to see if you’re a candidate for this amazing fibroid treatment.
How Does UFE Work?
One of the most common forms of fibroid removal is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). UFE reduces blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to dwindle and die. UFE is a safe and effective alternative to surgical fibroid treatment options, such as a myomectomy or hysterectomy.
Your top uterine artery embolization doctor at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center offers comprehensive fibroid and adenomyosis care, from consultation to diagnosis to treatment. The practice is conveniently located in Downtown Brooklyn and serves all the neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
What Are the Benefits of UFE Compared to Other Fibroid Treatments?
Uterine fibroid embolization offers a variety of benefits to women suffering from fibroid conditions, including:
- Shrunken fibroids. By blocking blood flow to the uterine fibroids, UFE shrinks the size of your fibroids.
- Fibroid symptom relief. By treating the fibroids, UFE relieves most symptoms of fibroids.
- Lack of scarring. Because UFE is non-surgical and only requires a nick in the skin, you don’t need stitches, and there’s no scar after the procedure.
- Easier anesthesia. UFE doesn’t require general anesthesia the way surgical treatment options do, so UFE doesn’t involve the risks of general anesthesia.
- Less risk of bleeding and pelvic infection. Because UFE is non-surgical, surgical risks are greatly reduced.
- Outpatient procedure. Most often, UFE is an outpatient procedure, so you’re able to return home the same day.
- Faster recovery. While surgical treatment options require up to six weeks of recovery time, most women take one or two weeks to resume normal activities after
- Treatment for multiple fibroids. During a UFE, your interventional radiology expert limits the blood supply to all the targeted fibroids. Surgically removing fibroids individually is time-consuming, and some fibroids may not be removed. In a worst case, you need a hysterectomy.
UFE is a proven, effective alternative to surgeries, such as a myomectomy and hysterectomy. Around 85 percent of women who undergo fibroid embolization receive substantial relief of symptoms.
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What Fibroid Symptoms Does UFE Relieve?
The most obvious benefit of uterine fibroid embolization is that it relieves symptoms of fibroid pain and discomfort. Most people with fibroids experience substantial fibroid pain relief after UFE from symptoms such as:
- Pelvic pain. Pressure from growing fibroids exerted on surrounding organs and tissue often causes severe abdominal pain. As fibroids shrink after UFE, this pressure lessens and so does the associated pelvic pain.
- An enlarged uterus. As fibroids grow, your uterus expands to accommodate them. Your uterus contracts back to normal after UFE once your fibroids shrink.
- Belly bulge. A byproduct of an enlarged uterus, belly bulge is the visual appearance of the uterus protruding farther out. As fibroids shrink and your uterus contracts, your visible belly bulge recedes.
- Frequent urination. If your fibroids apply extra pressure to your bladder, you feel the need to pee more often than normal. UFE shrinks fibroids, therefore diminishing pressure on your bladder.
- Constipation or hemorrhoids. Similarly, pressure on your colon and rectum from fibroids may stall bowel movements or result in hemorrhoid treatment.
- Heavy periods and severe menstrual cramps. Fibroids sometimes cause changes in your menstrual cycle, often resulting in heavier bleeding and more painful cramping during your cycle. UFE is very effective at normalizing uterine bleeding.
- Pain during sex. With all the associated fibroid symptoms gone, you’re free to enjoy physical intimacy again.
- Fibroid weight gain. Weight gain due to fibroid growth ceases after UFE once the fibroids and your uterus shrink.
Uterine fibroid embolization provides considerable fibroid pain relief. UFE helps normalize your menstrual cycle if your fibroids cause heavy and prolonged periods. Within just a few weeks to a few months after UFE, you could be fibroid symptom-free.
Who Are the Best Candidates to Receive Benefits?
Uterine artery embolization is a good option for most women suffering from fibroid pain. Depending on the full scope of your health and circumstances, UFE may not be the right treatment for you. The best candidates to receive UFE benefits are women who are:
- Not pregnant. Uterine artery embolization can’t be performed on pregnant women.
- Cancer-free. If you have cancer or may have cancer, UFE isn’t the right treatment option for you.
- If you aren’t showing symptoms of fibroids, you probably don’t need UFE. Doctors recommend UFE for women with fibroids symptoms, such as fibroid bleeding, an enlarged uterus or abdominal or pelvic pain.
- No infection in the pelvis. Uterine artery embolization isn’t recommended if you have an active pelvic infection due to a risk of an abscess.
- Not allergic to contrast material. Severe allergies to contrast materials that are used in UFE may require special care before UFE or disqualify you from uterine fibroid embolization.
If you don’t have existing conditions that disqualify you from uterine artery embolization, UFE is a safe and effective fibroid and adenomyosis treatment option. Most women who’ve undergone uterine artery embolization report significant benefits afterward. Contact Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky and his talented team for a personal consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for fibroid embolization.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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