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What exactly is Uterine Fibroid Embolization? [Dr. Donikyan]

 

What exactly is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine Artery Embolization is a technique that’s been used for at least 20 years. It’s become increasingly popular because we’ve become highly skilled at it, and we have the tools to perform it effectively and safely.

Basically, there are two arteries that supply blood flow to the uterus—one on the left and one on the right. As fibroids grow, they consume all the blood flow from these two arteries. By selecting the two arteries with our small catheters, we can inject small particles that block those arteries and cut off the blood flow. By cutting off the blood flow, you’re basically starving the fibroids of blood, which causes them to shrink, scar down, and die. When fibroids are present, the tissue in the uterus learns to acquire blood from other arteries in the area. With this procedure, you’re eliminating the fibroids without harming the uterine tissue.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Chris Donikyan of the Fishkill Endovascular Center as he explains the difference between Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) and Hysterectomy.

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