Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
A Nonsurgical Alternative to Hysterectomy

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a procedure that saves many women from surgery and the lengthy recovery involved with hysterectomy. It eliminates uterine fibroids by interrupting the blood supply to the fibroid tumor. The procedure has been in use for over 20 years to treat heavy bleeding after childbirth.

Advantages of UFE over hysterectomy include:

Who Performs the Procedure?
Our interventional radiologists perform this procedure. Interventional radiologists are physicians with an additional 4 - 6 years of specialized training to perform interventional procedures like UFE. Their specialty revolves around using imaging to guide them in performing procedures that eliminate the need for invasive surgeries.

Is UFE Right for You?
If you meet the below criteria and a hysterectomy has been recommended, it’s important to get a second opinion from an interventional radiologist. You will need to be seen to confirm if UFE will be an option. The ideal candidate for UFE:

Does not desire to get pregnant in the future Has symptoms caused by fibroid tumors Is not pregnant

Additional Information
Here are some links to other websites with additional information about UFE:
Ask 4 UFE
Society for Interventional Radiolgy

How to Get Help
Patients may be referred to us from any site. To see one of our doctors and determine if you are a candidate for UFE, you will need a referral from your physician. Advanced Radiology Services helps streamline UFE by coordinating with your primary care provider and the appropriate treatment location. Your physician may contact us at:
Grand Rapids, Lakeshore and Lansing area: 616.459.7225
Kalamazoo area: 269.341.6380, press #1

Corporate Office: 616.363.7272, 3264 North Evergreen Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Interventional Radiology Evergreen Office: 616.459.7225 (lower level of Corporate Office)