How effective is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

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Anup K. Singh, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
About 85% of patients who undergo uterine fibroid embolization experience a durable, long-lasting and significant result, according to Anup Singh, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. Watch this video to learn more.
Fibroids are only treated if they cause symptoms and therefore effectiveness should be measured in terms of relieving symptoms. Over 90% of patients will get significant improvement in symptoms (typically heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, increased urinary frequency) or complete resolution. If fibroids are completely infarcted on follow-up MRI with contrast (usually obtained 3 months or 6 months post-UFE), they will never come back. For women in their forties at the time of the UFE, undergoing UFE once often addresses their fibroid symptoms forever (i.e. rare re-embolization rate in these women).

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