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How Fast do Fibroids Shrink After Embolization?

Posted on December 18, 2023

If you're considering UFE, you may wonder how fast fibroids shrink after embolization? Now, each woman's experience is different, but most will notice significant shrinkage within three months of their procedures. Then, fibroid shrinking could continue for an additional six to nine months. Ready to learn more about the UFE procedure and the results it delivers? Let's dive in, together!

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Understanding UFE

UFE, or uterine fibroid embolization, is a minimally invasive treatment that can relieve fibroid symptoms by shrinking the growths. Better yet, it's a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that preserves your uterus, meaning it's an excellent alternative to hysterectomy for many fibroid sufferers.

If you are a UFE candidate, our Georgia interventional radiologists can begin your procedure by inserting a catheter through a small incision to access the vessels feeding your fibroids via x-ray guidance. Once in place, they insert tiny embolic particles into the catheter, blocking the fibroids' blood flow and causing them to shrink over the next days, weeks, and months. In turn, your symptoms will improve dramatically.

Advantages of UFE

When you choose UFE, you get to keep your uterus, avoid menopause and steer clear of surgery. It's also a minimally invasive procedure performed in an out-patient setting. And that lowers the cost of your procedure, along with your risk for complications and the amount of time you spend recovering

So, How Fast do Fibroids Shrink After Embolization?

UFE has a 90% or higher success rate, helping many women relieve symptoms and restore their quality of life. Of course, every woman's time line to relief will be different. For some, it comes instantly; for others, full relief may take longer to experience. The outcome can vary based on each woman's body, along with the number of fibroids being treated and their exact location.

Still, most women experience significant relief within six months of undergoing UFE. And, while the fibroids may not vanish, the significant reduction in their size should resolve your symptoms and get you back to living your life, free from disruptions.

Ready to find out for yourself how fast fibroids shrink after UFE? Click here to request an appointment with our Georgia fibroid specialists!

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