Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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About UFE

The Atlanta Fibroid Center specializes in the treatment of uterine fibroids without surgery. Our state-of-the-art center is the only one in the area that has its own dedicated angiographic equipment, which allows us to schedule and perform the uterine fibroid embolization procedure in our own beautiful facility.

Each well-appointed area in our center was designed with women in mind. Each woman will have her own private UFE treatment recovery room and a dedicated nurse to ensure the utmost privacy and comfort.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a safe and effective treatment that eliminates the symptoms of fibroids (myomas) permanently. UFE can treat subserosal, intramural, and submucosal fibroids, regardless of their size or number.

Many women are only made aware of surgical options for fibroid treatment by their OB/GYN, but myomectomy and hysterectomy surgery can be avoided.

Choose A UFE-Qualified Interventional Radiologist 

UFE is a procedure that is done by an interventional radiologist and is not performed by an OB/GYN. This procedure requires a specialist who has extensive training, like that of Doctors John Lipman and Mitchell Ermentrout at the Atlanta Fibroid Center. Together, they have over forty years of experience in treating uterine fibroids and performing the UFE procedure.

Dr. Lipman was one of the original pioneers of the UFE procedure and was the first in the state to perform it. After over 25 years and more than 10,000 completed procedures, he is known as one of the world’s leading specialists in UFE treatment for fibroids. He has treated women from all around the world, including many celebrities.

He is an advocate for women and has a mission to educate the public and legislative entities about these non-cancerous tumors through public speaking engagements and lectures. He has been instrumental in getting legislation passed in Rhode Island that provides health care coverage for non-surgical removal of fibroids through UFE fibroid treatment. He has also recently made a substantial donation to the SIR Foundation to fund research on fibroids and adenomyosis.

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What Is The UFE Procedure And How Is It Done?

The procedure begins with the patient being put under conscious sedation. This type of sedation is much gentler on the body and usually does not incite the problematic side effects that are associated with general anesthesia.

The interventional radiologist will then use specialized X-ray equipment with a monitor (Angiographic) that will allow them to visualize what they are doing as they perform the procedure.

A tiny skin nick is created near the top of the thigh to access the femoral artery.  A special contrast material is injected into this location that will map out the intricate blood vessels around the pelvis and uterus for the doctor.
Next, a tiny, very thin catheter is inserted into the nick and threaded through to the uterine arteries. This catheter is used to inject minuscule, orb-like particles into the entryways of each of the tiny blood vessels. These vessels supply the fibroids with what they need to live, so the particles block their life force and cause these growths to shrink and die.
After the procedure, the catheters are removed, and a band-aid is applied over the tiny skin-nick.

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What To Expect On the Procedure Day

When you arrive at the Atlanta Fibroid Center on the day of your procedure, you will be greeted by one of our compassionate nurses, who will help you get settled into your private room to prepare for your UFE treatment. An IV will be placed, and you will be visited by both the doctor and the sedation nurse.

The procedure usually only takes between 35 and 45 minutes, and then you are transferred back to your private room to begin your observation period of about three to four hours. You will not be able to drive yourself home, so you must have a friend or family member present so we can discharge you safely.


Patients are discharged the same day to go home to recover. The first few days are typically when the most discomfort is experienced. The fibroids have been separated from their blood supply, and they are beginning to die, which can cause symptoms of pain and nausea.

You will go home with prescription pain medication, which you will take as needed, after which you can take over-the-counter Motrin (800 mg) for the next five days. You will also receive a prescription for antibiotics and medication for nausea in case you need them, as well as a stool softener.

At Home After UFE

On your first day/night home, you are to remain in bed or lie on the couch as much as possible. A heating pad applied to the abdomen should help alleviate some discomfort. The more sleep you can get, that first day, the better. You will be given directions related to walking and staying hydrated during your recovery as both will help you recover faster and without complications. 

As soon as you can wean yourself off of the narcotic pain medication, the better. Normally, patients only need this for the first day or two. This strong pain medication works great to help control pain, but one of the side effects is that it can cause constipation, so you don’t want to trade pain from the procedure for pain caused by not being able to use the bathroom. It is important to take the stool softeners and also try to do anything you can to help the process along, such as drinking prune juice, black coffee, Smooth Move tea, etc.  After four or five days, most patients are feeling much better and can return to their normal schedule.

The Cost Of The Procedure

UFE is covered by most insurance plans, and in addition to being less invasive than surgery, it is much less expensive than surgery. When performed by the Atlanta Fibroid Center, your portion of financial responsibility will be dependent on the coverage provided by your specific insurance plan.

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At Atlanta Fibroid Center, we have our own state-of-the-art equipment, just like the hospital, so we do not need to “rent” their facility or equipment, nor do our patients need to spend the night in the hospital, which reduces the total cost of the procedure significantly.

Keep in mind some of the cost-avoidance measures offered by this non-surgical procedure vs. surgery, such as missed wages due to time off work, paying for services, or help at home because you are unable to carry out your normal routine, etc.

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The Atlanta Fibroid Center

The recovery from UFE is much less painful and substantially shorter than after having these growths surgically removed. Relief from symptoms can begin as soon as one month after uterine fibroid embolization. When the growths are eliminated, the symptoms subside, and you gain a better quality of life.

UFE is safe and over 90% effective for permanently eliminating uterine myomas. Call or make your appointment online today to become free of fibroids forever

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