What is UFE? - Technique

The procedure is performed under conscious sedation with local anesthesia. In rare cases epidural or spinal anesthesia can be offered but is usually unnecessary. A small skin nick is made in the groin region to facilitate placement of a catheter (a hollow tube about the size of a spaghetti noodle) into the femoral artery. A preliminary arteriogram is performed to map the pelvic vascular anatomy. The catheter is steered into the larger of the uterine arteries and small (grain of sand sized) particles of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or Embospheres are mixed with xray dye and injected until the blood supply to the fibroids is occluded. (Since April 2001 we have used Embospheres exclusively at the Center.) The same is applied to the other uterine artery, usually from a single catheter insertion site. The procedure takes from 60-90 minutes. Most patients are observed for 23 hours then discharged home the next day. Step by step details of what to expect.

Particle Embolization

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