Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Know your nonsurgical option for uterine fibroids.
Are you suffering from any of these symptoms?
- Excessive bleeding and menstrual cramps
- Prolonged menstrual periods
- Pelvic pressure or pain
- Frequent urge to urinate
Request an appointment today to discuss your nonsurgical solution to treating uterine fibroids
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Many women are offered treatments such as hysterectomy or myomectomy that require surgery and hospital stay.
Buffalo Vascular Care offers Uterine Fibroid Embolization – a safe, non surgical solution to treating Uterine Fibroids performed in the comfort of our centrally located outpatient facility.
*Not recommended for women planning to get pregnant
Overview of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)
What is the process for UFE?
This is a minimally invasive, non surgical procedure, done in an outpatient setting outside of the hospital. A catheter is passed through a small puncture in the wrist, advancing to the uterine arteries using live X-ray. Tiny particles are then released into the artery that supplies blood to the fibroid, cutting off blood flow to the fibroids, ultimately shrinking it.
What are the Outcomes/Expectations?
90% of women who undergo this procedure have significant relief of heavy bleeding, pain, and other symptoms. This procedures allows women to be released home the same day of the procedure, and they are typically able to return to work within 1 week. UFE is a very safe procedure, it is approved by the FDA and complication rates are less than 1%, lower than hysterectomy and myomectomy.
What are the benefits of UFE?
- Requires no hospitalization unlike hysterectomy or myomectomy
- High patient satisfaction
- Preservation of the uterus
- Minimal blood loss compared to surgery
- Small puncture in wrist instead of an incision
- Covered by most insurance companies
Over 20 years of experience in Interventional Radiology
Our highly trained, expert physician is here for you, and here to help you.
When suffering with fibroids you want to see an experienced and compassionate care team who can answer all your questions, concerns and work with your existing GYN/medical provider.
I am a board certified vascular interventional radiologist, I have performed UFE for close to 20 years. Our clinical team has brought consistent innovations to interventional women’s health management in our region.
We will explain the procedure as well as any other alternatives available to you. We are dedicated to patient care and trust.
Let the UFE expert team at BVC help you to a speedy recovery!
Azher Iqbal, MD
Medical Director of Buffalo Vascular Care
Symptoms of uterine fibroids can have an immensely negative impact on your quality of life.
At Buffalo Vascular Care we provide you with comprehensive consultation, answer all your questions and discuss treatment options for fibroids to improve your symptoms and lifestyle.
We strive to offer the best quality of care in a non-hospital, patient-centric setting where our team focuses on each individual patient’s needs and concerns.
Blanka Heary, RPA-C
Clinical Coordinator at Buffalo Vascular Care
“Treatment has enabled me to want to leave my house and enjoy life again- I can now walk, standup, or sit without constant pain. I was pleased with the polite & professional care. I would recommend Dr. Iqbal to anyone.”
– Helen D.
“I recently had the uterine fibroid embolization performed by Dr. Azher Iqbal at Buffalo Vascular Care. It has been made apparent by both Dr. Iqbal and his staff’s actions that the patient is number one. Clearly, this is a highly professional, friendly, efficient team that works cohesively for the total well being of the patient.”
– Suzanne P.
“The staff goes out of their way to assist, answer any questions, and make you feel comfortable. Professional, capable, pleasant.”
– Sharon M.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is at risk for Uterine fibroids?
- Women over the age of 35
- Women who’s mother had fibroids
- African American Women
How do I know if I am a good candidate for UFE?
If you experiencing heavy, painful and prolonged menstruation, frequent urination, pelvic pain or pressure, back pain, or pain during sexual intercourse caused by fibroids, you are a good candidate for UFE. Prior to UFE procedure, all patients must have a thorough gynecologic examination by their gynecologist and MRI testing to be certain that fibroids are indeed the cause of their symptoms.
Will I need general anesthesia for UFE?
No, we use conscious sedation, medications given by IV, during the procedure that may cause you to fall asleep although some patients may remain awake but are groggy.
How will I feel immediately after the procedure?
During the first 2-4 hours you may experience mild to intense cramping and nausea. You will be given medications during recovery to make you feel comfortable.
What symptoms will I experience when I get home?
After the first 4-10 hours, cramping will subside to mild or moderate pain typically lasting 1-5 days. Flu-like symptoms like a low-grade fever, low appetite, aches, and mild nausea can occur. You will be provided with medications for pain and nausea to take at home.
How long before I will see an improvement in my symptoms?
Most women will experience relief of heavy menstrual bleeding as soon as their first menstrual cycle after the procedure. Treated fibroids may take six months to shrink which will relieve symptoms of back pain, bloating, constipation, and frequent urination.
What are the risks of UFE?
Although UFE is very safe and less risky than surgery, all medical procedures have potential risks. In a very small number of cases, the fibroids and uterus become infected. This can usually be controlled with antibiotics, but sometimes a hysterectomy may be required. A small number of patients have reported beginning menopause after the procedure, but this rarely occurs in women under the age of 45 and is most common in older women who are approaching menopause.
What is the recovery time for UFE?
UFE is a non-surgical procedure performed in an outpatient facility. Most women go home 2-4 hours after the procedure. Majority of women return to work in 5-10 days.
What is the success rate of a UFE procedure?
The success rate for UFE is 95%.
What happens to the fibroids after a UFE procedure?
After a UFE procedure the fibroid tumors shrink over 6-12 month period and become scar tissue.
Is the cost for my treatment covered by insurance?
Yes, UFE is covered by most insurance plans.
Can my gynecologist perform UFE?
UFE is a specialized procedure performed by an interventional radiologist. Most gynecologist do not have the additional training and equipment necessary to perform the procedure.