How effective is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

Fibroids are only treated if they cause symptoms and therefore effectiveness should be measured in terms of relieving symptoms. Over 90 percent 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 post-UFE), they will never come back. For women in their forties or fifties at the time of the UFE, undergoing UFE once often addresses their fibroid symptoms forever (i.e., rare re-embolization rate in these women).

Dr. Anup K. Singh, MD
Diagnostic Radiologist

About 85 percent 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.

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