Fibroid embolisation

Uterine artery embolisation

A minimally invasive procedure that blocks the arteries that supply blood to your fibroids

About

Fibroids develop in the muscular wall of your womb (uterus) and receive blood from the vessels that branch out from the arteries that supply your womb. Fibroid embolisation blocks most of these arteries, causing the fibroids to shrink. Your uterus develops a different blood supply so is not affected.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Your consultant will use an X-ray camera to guide the delivery of tiny particles to your womb and fibroids. The particles and contrast dye are injected into the artery supplying the fibroids with blood through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    You will need to have some imaging tests performed on your uterus to locate the number, size and location of your fibroids. This may be either an ultrasound or MRI scan. You will need to inform your consultant if you are taking any medications to thin your blood or for diabetes. You will need to fast (no food) for six hours before the procedure and can not drink water from two hours before the procedure.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You will be sent to the recovery room and must remain flat for four hours post-procedure. Your blood pressure and pulse will be closely monitored. You are likely to need to stay in hospital for one night, depending on the rate of your recovery. You will experience some bruising where the artery was punctured but this should reduce after a few days. You will be administered painkillers for any pain you may be experiencing.

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