Uterine Fibroid Embolization | UFE 

At Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions our Board Certified Physicians perform Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)  also called Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) in an out-patient setting in San Jose, California.  

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally-invasive alternative to hysterectomy or myomectomy. Performed instead of major surgery, this procedure requires minimal or no hospital stay and a shorter recovery. In this procedure, blood supply to the fibroid tumors is blocked, making them shrink.

Can fibroids be treated without hysterectomy?


Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), also called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), is a relatively new way of treating fibroids. UAE deprives fibroids of their blood supply, causing them to shrink. UAE is a minimally invasive radiology treatment and is technically a nonsurgical therapy.

Is the procedure painful?
The procedure itself is not painful. Most women experience moderate to severe pain and cramping during the first 8-12 hours after the procedure. The use of intravenous and/or oral pain medications makes any pain tolerable.

The UAE/UFE Procedure:

UAE is done by a doctor called an interventional radiologist. You will be awake, but you will not feel pain. This is called conscious sedation. The procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes.
What is the success rate of UFE?
According to the combined results of major studies of UFE, the average success rate is approximately 90%. After five years, approximately 80% of patients are asymptomatic. In other words, in 4 out of 5 patients, it is not necessary to have a hysterectomy or other treatment for uterine fibroid disease.

Is an overnight stay required?
No, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting so you will go home the same day. Someone will need to drive you to and from the procedure because you will receive sedation and be on pain medications.

Is UFE covered by insurance? / Is UFE an approved medical procedure?
Yes, most insurers cover the procedure.

Schedule A Consulatation Appointment: 

We welcome you to contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment by calling our front desk at (408) 918-0405

Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions | MISS 
2030 Forest Ave., Suite 200, San Jose, Ca. 95128

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