Japan Market Report for Uterine Fibroid Embolization Devices 2017 - MedCore
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), also known as uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a radiology treatment for fibroids. Fibroids, also known as myomas, are masses of muscle tissue and fiber located on the wall of the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding and pain. Fibroids depend on the uterine arteries for nourishment, and they take significant blood supply from these vessels. UFE restricts blood flow to fibroids, causing them to shrink significantly. This procedure does not involve general anesthesia and is appropriate for women who want an alternative to a myomectomy, also known as fibroidectomy. It is a much less invasive way to treat fibroids than a hysterectomy, has a much shorter recovery time and leaves almost no scarring. The effects of UFE on fertility are being researched; some results suggest that fertility after UFE is comparable to fertility after myomectomy.