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How Much Does a Fibroid Embolization Cost?

Is the cost of UFE a deciding factor as to whether or not you are willing to get the procedure? Read on to learn more about this cost saving procedure for fibroids.

What is the Cost of an Embolization?

The cost of embolization differs upon prices set by individual physicians and coverage by way of various insurance providers.  Because of these variations, it is not possible to provide a fixed cost for the embolization procedure.   However, the cost of UAE is generally accepted by all insurance providers.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization is a cost effective alternative to hysterectomy and myomectomy. When comparing hysterectomy, myomectomy and UFE, an article in the American Journal of Gynecology found that UFE cost 12% less than a hysterectomy and 8% less than a myomectomy. The numbers may prove even greater when considering both direct medical costs as well as hidden costs of the fibroid treatment process.

Whereas most procedures take away time from family and work due to  longer recovery periods of up to 6 weeks, UFE limits recovery time to no more than one week, allowing the patient to get back to their daily activities much quicker-including their jobs.

To learn more about UFE and whether it is the right choice for you, please call 866-362-6463.  One of our health professionals will be able to answer your questions regarding UFE and can do a quick insurance verification check if you are wondering whether UFE is covered under your insurance provider.

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Uterine Embolization and You

Questioning whether embolization is right for you? No problem! Many other women , like you, are looking into whether embolization can help treat their fibroid problem.

I recently found out that I have 3 fibroids, the biggest being 5 cm, the second a little bigger than 3 cm and the third a little bigger than 1 cm, is the embolization right for me? I am 37 years old and have no children, I would like at least 1 child, hysterectomy is not an option I want right now, the embolization was not even mentioned to me, I found it online.

We’re glad that you were able to take it upon yourself and look up alternative fibroid treatment methods.  Embolization would be a great option for you if you are looking into a gentler, less-invasive treatment that allows you to treat fibroids non-surgically.

We would love to have the opportunity to answer all of your fibroid-related questions.  You can call the Fibroid Treatment Collective at 866-362-6463 or send us an email at patientcoordinator@fibroids.comand one of the healthcare specialists will be happy to assist you.

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Premature Menopause After Embolization

Learning about the small risk of premature menopause that can occur after a uterine fibroid embolization.

What causes premature menopause after an embolization?

The mechanism concerning premature menopause following embolization is uncertain; however, there are a number of factors that may play a role in premature menopause.

Premature menopause happens when menopause occurs before the age of 40. At times, premature menopause may be caused by premature ovarian failure which describes a stop in the normal functioning of the ovaries in a woman younger than the age of 40. This may be a result of non-target embolization of blood vessels leading to the ovaries. In this case, blockage of the blood supply to the ovaries can cause premature failure.

According to an article published in The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, techniques carried out by individual radiologists can also play a role in premature ovarian failure, along with rate of injection and thoroughness of blockage. In addition, aggressive embolization, as opposed to arterial embolization, can predispose the backflow of particles outside of the catheter to the ovarian arteries, further causing ovarian failure.

Ultimately, however, the age of a patient at the time of embolization has a direct effect on the occurrence of ovarian failure; therefore, patients older than the age of 40 may face a higher risk of premature menopause.

All things considered, it is suggested that patients seek embolization in the early symptomatic stage of their health issue so as to avoid increased risk of premature menopause.

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Traveling for Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Have to travel to receive Dr. McLucas’ services? No problem! Find out what little time you’ll need to dedicate to the the UFE process and procedures.

I live outside of the US. How much time would I need in order to get all the tests, the procedure and follow-up?

Generally speaking, you should plan a one week stay to carry out both the tests and procedures; however, tests can often be performed at your usual provider and faxed to our office.

Follow-up care after embolization includes a checkup 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure and an additional check up 3 or 6 months thereafter.

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UAE – Shrinking Your Fibroids with This Non-Surgical Procedure

Some women who have fibroids find uterine artery embolization (UAE) as a better alternative than hysterectomy or other surgical method. Hysterectomy itself has been performed about 600 thousands times each year in U.S alone for treating enlarged and symptomatic uterine fibroid.

Uterine artery embolization involves a non-surgical procedure that blocks the blood supply to the fibroids without removing the fibroids. This is performed by UAE specialists (interventional radiologists) by placing a tiny, flexible tube called catheter into the artery in the skin over your groin, then guiding it into the uterine arteries with a fluoroscope (the x-ray device) guidance.

Uterine arteries are the vessels that supply blood to the uterus and fibroids. When the catheter is in its position, then small particles are injected, and block the tiny vessels to the fibroids. These blockages will stop the blood supply and make the fibroids shrink and die.


Outcomes Following Unilateral Uterine Artery Embolization

This study done by Dr. McLucas assesses patients that have undergone unilateral uterine artery embolization. He followed up with four of the 12 patients to see their symptoms post-operation.

Title: Outcomes following Unilateral Uterine Artery Embolization

Authors: By: Bruce McLucas, MD, Richard A Reed, MD, Scott Goodwin,MD, Arnold Rappaport, MD, Louis Adler, MD, Rita Perrella, MD, and Jerry Dalrymple,
February 2002

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