Uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE)
Fibroids are benign tumours, varying in size from microscopic to the size of a football, and only need to be treated if they are causing problems.
Uterine fibroids, the most common benign pelvic tumor in women, are caused by an overgrowth of the muscle of the uterus. They can cause pressure on the bladder or bowel, create a noticeable swelling in the lower abdomen, and often cause very heavy periods. Fibroids may also cause infertility or miscarriages.
HCA hospitals offer a minimally invasive treatment called uterine fibroid embolisation (UFE), which is performed under local anaesthetic and designed to treat fibroids whilst preserving the uterus and fertility. During this procedure, small particles are injected through a tiny catheter inserted into the artery that supplies the uterus and fibroid, stopping blood flow into the fibroid. Over six to nine months, the fibroid shrinks and symptoms should be relieved.
When you have uterine fibroid embolisation at one of our hospitals:
- you will receive the least invasive treatment possible, allowing a quicker recovery time and preserving your fertility
- you will benefit from the latest advances in gynaecological surgery – evidence shows that recurrence of treated fibroids after UFE is very rare
You can choose the consultant and hospital most convenient for you by simply entering the treatment into our ‘Consultant finder’.
With us, you can be sure you are getting the best treatment available. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience and allows us to invest in the latest treatments, technologies and medication - £500 million in the last decade - many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. Some private hospitals have no on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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