Appointment

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (IR)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization Treatment | Minimally Invasive Surgery | Best Fibroid Removal Surgery Book Appointment
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (IR)
Home / Medical Specialities / Gynecology / Fibroids Clinic / Uterine Fibroid Embolization (IR)

Related Services

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (IR) Treatment in Dubai at Emirates Hospitals Group. We at Emirates Hospitals Group, our gynecologists in Dubai are dedicated to provide advanced and minimally invasive treatments for uterine fibroids. One such innovative procedure is Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). This non-surgical treatment effectively reduces the size of fibroids and alleviates symptoms while preserving the uterus. By offering UFE, Emirates Hospitals Group ensures that women have access to state-of-the-art care that addresses their specific health needs.

  • Procedure
  • Symptoms & Diagnosis
  • Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization (IR)

Understanding Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive, image-guided procedure used to shrink uterine fibroids. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin and guided through the arteries to the uterine arteries that feed the fibroids. Embolic material is then introduced, blocking blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die.

Best Fibroid Doctors

The Uterine Fibroid Embolization Procedure

During the procedure, performed under local anesthesia with sedation, here’s a general overview of what to expect:

  • Catheter insertion: A small incision is made in the groin, and a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery.
  • Angiography: X-ray imaging is used to guide the catheter to the uterine arteries.
  • Embolization: Embolic material is introduced through the catheter, blocking blood flow to the fibroids.
  • Closure and recovery: Once the embolization is complete, the catheter is removed, and the groin incision is closed. You will be monitored in the recovery room until awake and stable, then typically discharged on the same day or after an overnight stay.

Symptoms Indicating the Need for Fibroid Treatment

While some women experience no symptoms with fibroids, others may face challenges like:

  • Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding: Leading to fatigue and potential anemia.
  • Pelvic pain or pressure: A dull ache or pressure in the lower abdomen or pelvis.
  • Frequent urination: Fibroids can press on the bladder, causing urgency to urinate.
  • Pain during intercourse: Fibroids can sometimes cause discomfort during sexual activity.
  • Abdominal bloating or fullness: A feeling of a swollen or tight abdomen.
  • Back pain: In some cases, fibroids can cause back pain.
  • Difficulty getting pregnant: Large or multiple fibroids can obstruct the fallopian tubes or impede implantation.

Best Fibroid Removal Surgery

Diagnosing Uterine Fibroids

Comprehensive evaluation  is done to diagnose fibroids and determine if UFE is the right approach. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Detailed Medical History:Your doctor will inquire about your symptoms, menstrual history, family history of fibroids, and your desire for future pregnancy.
  • Pelvic Examination:A physical examination of the pelvic organs to assess the size and location of the uterus.
  • Imaging Tests:An ultrasound scan is often used to visualize the uterus and identify fibroids. In some cases, an MRI scan may be recommended for a more detailed picture.

Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization 

  • Minimally invasive: No surgical incisions are required, minimizing scarring and discomfort.
  • Preserves the uterus: UFE is an alternative to surgery for women who wish to keep their uterus.
  • Faster recovery: Return to normal activities is typically quicker with UFE compared to surgery.
  • Outpatient or short hospital stay: Most patients go home on the same day or after

Frequently Asked Questions

UFE is a suitable option for women with symptomatic fibroids who wish to preserve their uterus and avoid surgery. However, it may not be ideal for everyone, particularly women who plan future pregnancies (UFE can affect fertility). Your doctor at Emirates Hospitals Group will assess your individual situation and discuss if UFE is the best approach for you.

UFE offers several advantages:

  • Minimally invasive: No surgical incisions are required, minimizing scarring and discomfort.
  • Preserves the uterus: UFE is an alternative to surgery for women who wish to keep their uterus.
  • Faster recovery: Return to normal activities is typically quicker with UFE compared to surgery.
  • Outpatient or short hospital stay: Most patients go home on the same day or after a short stay.

The procedure is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. A catheter is inserted through the groin and guided to the uterine arteries. Embolic material is then introduced, blocking blood flow to the fibroids. You will be monitored in the recovery room and typically discharged on the same day or after an overnight stay.

Recovery from UFE is typically quicker than surgery. You can expect some cramping or pelvic pain, managed with medication. Pelvic rest and follow-up appointments with your gynecologist are crucial for monitoring your recovery.

Last update date: 03-07-2024

Request an appointment

Please complete the details and we will book you shortly.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.