A Nonsurgical Fibroid Fix

Uterine Fibroid

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Same-day Procedure

Shorter recovery time

Quick symptom relief

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A Non-surgical Fix for Uterine Fibroids

If you’re one of the many women, diagnosed with uterine fibroids, who’s been told surgery is essentially the only treatment option for you – we’ve got another highly effective, non-surgical procedure for you to consider: Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE). UFE is a minimally-invasive, FDA approved alternative that has been used to successfully treat uterine fibroids for over 20 years.

How is UFE Different?

  • Same-day procedure
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Quick symptom relief
  • Preserves the uterus
  • Unlikely to cause menopause
  • Nonsurgical

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the muscle wall of the uterus. They are not usually dangerous, but their symptoms can be painful and disruptive.

Symptoms include: unpredictable cycles, heavy menstrual bleeding, frequent urge to use bathroom, extreme pain and an impact on sex life

What is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

An interventional radiologist inserts a thin catheter into an artery under moderate sedation in the hospital’s radiology suite. The catheter is then guided to the fibroid’s blood supply where small particles, about the size of grains of sand, are released to block the blood vessels feeding the fibroid, depriving it of nutrients. As a result, the fibroid shrinks and disappear.

Is UFE Right For You?

For more information about uterine fibroids, Uterine Fibroid Embolization and to help you decide what the best treatment option is for you, visit any of the websites listed below.
Society of Interventional Radiology—Uterine fibroids
Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—Uterine fibroids
National Institute of Health U.S. National Library of Medicine—Uterine fibroids

Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Bools, with patient, Angela Cheek

After an ultrasound confirmed the diagnosis of uterine fibroids, I had a discussion with Dr. Bools about Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) as an alternative to hysterectomy. I was ecstatic to learn there were options other than a hysterectomy for me at my age.

It was incredible. I had UFE on a Friday and was back to work on Monday. I feel like I got my life back. I avoided a surgery with potential complications and extended time out of work. There was only a tiny incision and no scarring. My heavy periods stopped and – within 6 months – my abdominal girth returned to normal.

Click Here to Read Angela's Story

Patients may also learn more about the procedure by talking to a member of Catawba Radiology’s interventional radiology team. Dr. John Bools, Dr. Brian Rhodes and Dr. Ray Williams perform UFE at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Learn more by calling 828.322.2644.