Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure used to block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to shrink. Therefore, it is unlikely that the fibroids will come back. Dr. Linda Hughes, M.D., details the process.
“It is extremely unusual, if a patient has a successful fibroid embolization, for the symptoms to return. In a small amount of patients there can be some blood flow coming off of another source, such as the ovary. Often times in that situation if it’s a young woman and they haven’t had their children yet, we choose to be conservative and don’t embolize the ovarian arteries. So there are some women that will have some relief, a partial relief but will need to have a second embolization on that basis.”
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