The Benefits of Uterine Artery Embolization for Fibroids!

Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is one of the options for fibroids treatment that your doctor may recommend when you visit the clinic in London. The procedure involves feeding a catheter into your womb along an artery and then injecting a chemical to block off the blood vessels that supply the fibroids. The fibroids will then shrink, relieving your symptoms.

Benefits of UAE


Uterine artery embolization can be a very effective options for fibroids treatment. If you are considering having this treatment in London then you should be aware of the following benefits:

  • Almost 90% of women treated with UAE experience an improvement in or elimination of their symptoms afterwards.
  • The procedure can usually be performed with just a local anaesthetic, so you won’t need a general anaesthetic as for surgery.
  • The incision made is much smaller than for surgery and doesn’t even require stitches.
  • Recovery is quicker and easier than for surgery.
  • It is very rare for new fibroids to appear or old ones to re-grow after UAE.

Risks of UAE


Although uterine artery embolization is a very safe and effective procedure, there are always risks involved with any kind of medical treatment. Although they are rare it is important to be aware of the potential risks of UAE:

  • Damage to the blood vessel such as bleeding or bruising.
  • Infection.
  • Pieces of tissue breaking free in the womb and needing to be removed by dilation and curettage.
  • Menopausal symptoms may be triggered, with a higher risk for women over 45.
  • The effects on fertility are not yet understood, so it may not be the right option if you want to have children in the future. If you do become pregnant after UAE, your doctor may recommend a C-section as there is a chance the uterine wall could be weakened.
  • Symptoms may recur if the procedure is not a success.

You will have a chance to discuss the risks and benefits of UAE and other fibroids treatments with your doctor at the London clinic. It is important for you to make an informed decision about the right treatment approach for you.

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