The Dangers of UFE

Dangers of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

There is another non-surgical procedure to eliminate or shrink Fibroids, but please allow us to briefly examine it under the AMA Health microscope:

Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE), also known as UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization:

This procedure is performed exclusively by an intervention radiologist, which involves the placement of minute polyvinyl (plastic) particles into the uterine artery that feeds the fibroid tumors. It’s a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure that severs the blood supply feeding the uterine fibroids. Without the blood supply, the fibroids die and then shrink. UAE has been around for over 20 years, and is used, primarily, for stopping hemorrhaging after childbirth or surgery. It is only within the past decade that gynecologists have started collaborating with intervention radiologists to introduce this procedure as a standard non-surgical option for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Despite the fact that gynecologists do not perform the procedure, and that by referring women for this procedure in lieu of a hysterectomy, and that gynecologists will lose the surgical fees involved, some gynecologists have somehow worked their respective fees into the procedure and this technique is being widely popularized as the best and only solution to fibroids, whilst demonizing its surgical counterparts.

  • UFE reduces the size of fibroids an average of about 50%
  • Approximately 80% of women treated with UFE for uterine fibroids attest that their symptoms improved

To the naked eye, this procedure appears to be quite the phenomena, but there are other not so impressive perspectives to join the party:

  • Although UFE is sometimes an effective treatment, fibroids may return
  • UFE does not EVER cure fibroids.
  • In an independent study by Anne Lethaby and Beverley Vollenhoven, nearly 3 out of 5 women who had UFE had to repeat the UFE procedure or had to undergo a hysterectomy within two to three years of the UFE procedure.
  • UFE can lead to a serious infection of the uterus. In some cases the infections caused can become potentially life threatening and a hysterectomy is deemed necessary to save the patient’s life.

Other risks include:

  • Death by embolism
  • Premature menopause
  • Scar tissue formation around the uterus
  • Uterine and abdominal pains that can last months at a time

Why take the risk at all, when you can eliminate your uterine fibroids FOREVER without any side effects.