Radiology &


Uterine Fibroid Embolization

It’s time to learn about Emory’s minimally invasive treatment option – an alternative to hysterectomy. Uterine Fibroid Embolization at Emory Healthcare is up to 94 percent effective, maintains your uterus and offers you a more rapid recovery rate than traditional surgery.

Symptomatic uterine fibroids trigger more than 150,000 hysterectomies every year. These account for at least one-third of all hysterectomies performed in the United States. At Emory Interventional Radiology, we offer the option to treat uterine fibroids with fibroid embolization, an alternative treatment to more invasive surgical options such as hysterectomy.

What are Uterine Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that occur in the wall of the uterus. They are very common, but they can lead to problems such as irregular and prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, lower back pain, constipation, frequent urination or painful intercourse. Uterine fibroids may be as small as a pea or as large as a cantaloupe. Approximately 20-40% of women 20 years and older will develop one or more of these uterine fibroid tumors before reaching menopause. The risk is higher among African-American women: 50% will develop fibroids during their lifetimes.

Learn more about uterine fibroids and uterine fibroid embolization from this interview with Dr. Gail Peters, one of our interventional radiologists who performs UFE.