At St. Mary’s, patients who require a uterine fibroid ablation procedure will have it performed by a specially trained interventional radiologist. A guided catheter is used to inject tiny particles into the artery supplying blood to the fibroid tumor. This cuts off the blood flow to the tumor causing it to shrink. After a one-night stay, women usually return to a majority of their normal activities within one week.
Uterine fibroid embolization or uterine artery embolization offers patients a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign growths that generally occur in women who are in their 30s and 40s. Fibroids are the most common non-cancerous tumor for that age group. Fibroids grow in and around the uterus. They can range in size from about the size of a pea to growths about five to six inches wide. You can have one fibroid or many of different sizes.