What are the risks of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

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

The risks for UFE are very low and significantly lower than any of the surgical options for fibroids. There are some women who no longer menstruate after UFE. This is seen rarely in women 40-45 years of age (1-2 percent) which increases to 5-10 percent by age 50 and as high as 20-25 percent for those over 50 years of age. About 5 percent of women will temporarily pass some fibroid material vaginally and on a rare occasion will need to have a hysteroscopic removal (like a D & C) of a fibroid that will not pass vaginally. Finally, there is a rare infection risk.

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