Will a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) be able to treat very large fibroids?


Many women are concerned that UFE will not work because their fibroids are too large. Fibroids of any size can be treated with UFE, but it may not be the best solution for every woman. Dr. Suzanne Slonim, M.D., explains.

“The answer to that is yes, but there’s some soft limit. The literature says that once a fibroid reaches eight centimeters, which maybe the size of an orange, the result, particularly if it’s for bulk symptoms is not as good as it could be. That fibroid is going to shrink 60%, but you’re still going to be left with a 4 centimeter fibroid for example.”

“So, if a woman is really strongly averse to having surgery, then absolutely I will do your procedure and it’s going to help you, but if you have a particularly large single fibroid, that’s a good candidate for a myomectomy, in my opinion.”

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