Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the United States every year, 1/3 of these are due to a diagnosis of uterine fibroids, common benign tumors occurring in the female genital tract. In fact, many women suffer with the symptoms of fibroids, including pain and heavy bleeding, for years because they want to avoid a hysterectomy. It is important for every woman to know that a well-proven, uterus-sparing procedure may be available to her.
Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment that shrinks the fibroids by eliminating their blood supply and effectively eliminates the need for a hysterectomy.
Women who have elected to have UFE consistently report successful outcomes and improved quality of life. “Most women who have been conclusively diagnosed with uterine fibroids are good candidates for this treatment option,” says Dr. Jon Roberts, who performed the first UFE procedure in Memphis in 1998. Dr. Roberts treats from four to six patients a week with this advanced procedure. “We evaluate all women with an MRI after the initial consultation to make certain that fibroids do exist,” assures Dr. Roberts. “We also make sure our patients understand how the procedure works and what to expect. We at the Memphis Vascular Center want every woman to have an opportunity to make an informed decision about how to eliminate the symptoms of uterine fibroids and to know that she does have a choice.”