uterine fibroid embolization - UFE
Providing relief to women with fibroids
For nearly 25 million American women, uterine fibroids are often an unfortunate part of daily life. Fibroids—benign tumors in the walls of the uterus—can cause symptoms ranging from the uncomfortable to the debilitating. Most women with fibroids suffer from very heavy menstrual periods, leading to weakness or even anemia; and in more extreme cases, fibroids can compress the bladder, causing frequent urination, or even abdominal disfigurement.
Fibroid treatment comes in several forms:
Surgery – Options include hysterectomy (removing the uterus) and myomectomy (removing the fibroids). Both are serious surgeries and require considerable recovery time.
Hormonal treatments – These can often shrink fibroids, but as soon as the therapy stops, fibroids often come back.
UFE – Uterine Fibroid Embolization uses a catheter to insert tiny biocompatible particles into the blood vessels that feed the fibroid. The particles choke the blood supply, and the fibroids, over time, shrink up to 70% (sometimes more) in size.
UFE is minimally invasive requiring only sedation and a nick in the patient’s leg to insert the catheter. The recovery time is days, as opposed to weeks, for hysterectomy or myomectomy. And side effects are minimal.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center is the only facility in Rockland County that offers Uterine Fibroid Embolization, under the direction of Scott Luchs, MD, interventional radiologist, who works in collaboration with patients’ ob/gyns.
Dr. Luchs does many types of procedures, but of all of them, he receives the most appreciative letters from UFE patients. With symptoms subsided or gone, many say they can finally enjoy sports again… play with their kids… or enjoy traveling once more.
“When a patient has a chronic problem, she often changes her whole life to work around it,” says Luchs. “Now imagine not having that problem anymore. All of the sudden, she’s free, and it’s wonderful.”
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Scheduling Office: 1-866-596-8456
Department Telephone: 845-368-5592
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