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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

For more information, contact the Department of Radiology at (804) 828-4914 or visit the VCU Uterine Fibroid Embolization Web site.

Nurse talking to patientUterine fibroids are benign growths that arise in the walls of the uterus. Relatively common, uterine fibroids affect approximately 20 percent to 40 percent of women over the age of 35. African-American women are the most racially prone group, as are women with a family history of fibroids.

Women with uterine fibroids may suffer from severe cramps, excessive bleeding, pain or pressure in the lower pelvis, pain in the back of legs, constipation and bloating, anemia, and other debilitating symptoms.

Traditional treatments have included the surgical removal of the fibroids (myomectomy) or removal of the entire uterus (hysterectomy). Hormone therapies have also been shown to be moderately effective, but they carry undesirable side effects, such as hot flashes and bone loss.

To find out more about UFE, or to schedule a consultation, please visit the VCU Uterine Fibroid Embolization Web site.

VCU Department of Radiology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center