Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) Kansas City

An Alternative Procedure

At Clarity Care, our specialized interventionalists are proud to offer uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). UFE is a minimally invasive procedure performed in an physician office setting that is proven to treat fibroids and provide long lasting symptom relief. According to the Society of Interventional Radiology, 85 to 90 percent of women who undergo UFE experience a significant reduction in symptoms and an improvement in their overall quality of life.

What are uterine fibroids?

Affecting 25 to 40 percent of women in the United States, uterine fibroids are the most common noncancerous uterine growths in women of reproductive age and are often accompanied by a host of unpleasant symptoms. Fibroids can range in size and severity, and can shrink or grow over time, likely due to a range of hormone levels.

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What are uterine fibroids?

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?

Telltale indicators of uterine fibroids may include:

  • heavy, prolonged menstrual periods
  • spotting or bleeding between periods
  • cramping and / or pelvic pain
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • bladder pressure
  • constipation
  • frequent urination

The leading cause of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) in the country, fibroids can often be treated less invasively with uterine fibroid embolization.

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Benefits of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) offers advantages to traditional surgical methods, including preserved uterus and fertility, lower complication rates, and shorter recovery times. It is important to note that the choice between UFE and surgery is dependent upon many factors, including the size, number, and location of fibroids, as well as a woman's personal preference and overall health. UFE treats only existing fibroids and cannot prevent future growth.

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Benefits of uterine fibroids

After Uterine Fibroid Embolization

After a uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), you will be monitored for a short time to ensure there are no immediate complications. Patients may experience cramping, pain, or discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. Most women can return home the same day. Follow up appointments with your healthcare provider, which may include imaging tests, will monitor your progress, and evaluate the effectiveness of the procedure.

Questions? We have answers.

How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?
Uterine fibroids can be diagnosed through a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests. A discussion of symptoms and a pelvic exam or imaging tests that visualize the uterus and pelvis help physicians determine the location, size, and number of fibroids.
What are the risk factors for developing uterine fibroids?
While the exact cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, several risk factors have been identified, including:
  • Age. Uterine fibroids are most common in women of reproductive age, typically between 30 and 50 years old. Risk of developing fibroids decreases after menopause.
  • Family History. If your mother or sister has suffered from uterine fibroids, you are at an increased risk.
  • Ethnicity. Studies have shown that certain ethnicities, including Black women, have a higher risk of developing uterine fibroids.
  • Hormone Levels. Estrogen and progesterone, the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle, are thought to play a role in the development and growth of fibroids. Fibroids tend to grow during pregnancy when hormone levels are high and shrink after menopause.
  • Obesity. Being overweight may lead to hormonal imbalances, which contribute to fibroid growth.
  • Other Medical Conditions. Polycystic ovary syndrome and metabolic syndrome may increase the risk of uterine fibroids.

Are there other uterine fibroid treatments?

If you are considering uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), there are alternative procedures options you may want to discuss with your provider:

Alternative 1 >> No Procedure. Smaller fibroids bring fewer symptoms, and some fibroids may shrink naturally after menopause. For fibroids that are small or asymptomatic, a "watchful waiting" approach that includes regular monitoring may be the best course of action.

Alternative 2 >> Medications. Birth control pills and other medications that control hormones can help with temporary relief of pain and discomfort, but only treat the symptoms - not the fibroids.

Alternative 3 >> Surgery:
  • Myomectomy. This surgical procedure involves the removal of fibroids while preserving the uterus.
  • Hysterectomy. This procedure involves the surgical removal of the uterus, eliminating the possibility of future fibroid growth or symptoms. This is maybe recommended for women who do not wish to bear children in the future.
Alternative 4 >> Endometrial Ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus, reducing menstrual bleeding for women with small fibroids who primarily have heavy or prolonged periods.
Are there risks involved with uterine fibroid embolization?
UFE offers a highly effective alternative to surgery and is considered a safe and effective procedure for fibroids. As with any procedure, however, there are potential risks. Complications may include pain and discomfort, allergic reaction to contrast dye, infection at the incision site, damage to surrounding tissues and organs, and rarely, premature menopause. Despite these risks, the overall complication rate associated with UFE is low, and most women who undergo this procedure experience no major issues.
Is uterine fibroid embolization covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) can vary depending on specific insurance plans and providers. Before undergoing UFE, Clarity Care's knowledgeable staff can work with you and your insurance company to review coverage details, including preauthorization requirements, necessary documentation, and potential out of pocket costs.
Where is Clarity Care located?

Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care is at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is conveniently located just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.

Why choose Clarity Care for your procedure?
Clarity Care's subspecialized physicians are board-certified with years of experience in image-guided minimally invasive procedures, offering innovative solutions to a list of conditions and diseases that today can be managed in a convenient, more affordable setting.

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The Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care office is conveniently located at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.

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