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Avoid A Hysterectomy With UFE

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Gonzalez performs at our Miami / Kendall office. It cuts off blood flow to all the fibroids, causing them to diminish. Fibroids of all sizes are eligible for this procedure.

Why You Should Consider a UFE to Treat Your Fibroids

Avoid invasive surgeries such as a hysterectomy or myomectomy.

Shrinks fibroids thereby reducing symptoms.

Avoids damage to your uterus so there is little to no impact on fertility.

Procedure is minimally invasive using a catheter, not a scalpal.

Proven effective in reducing or eliminating fibroid symptoms.

Can be performed in an out-patient center. No overnight hospital stay.

Avoid invasive surgeries such as a hysterectomy or myomectomy.

Shrinks fibroids thereby reducing symptoms.

Avoids damage to your uterus so there is little to no impact on fertility.

Procedure is minimally invasive using a catheter, not a scalpal.

Proven effective in reducing or eliminating fibroid symptoms.

Can be performed in an out-patient center. No overnight hospital stay.

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Key Benefits of UFE

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe, effective and proven alternative treatment to hysterectomy. UFE eliminates fibroids by blocking their blood supply causing them to shrink. Benefits of UFE include:

  • Minimally invasive, performed through small nick in skin
  • No general anesthesia
  • Often performed as outpatient procedure
  • Faster recovery compared to hysterectomy or myomectomy

  • Covered by most insurance
UFE VS HYSTERECTOMY UFE Hysterectomy
Hospital Stay Time Usually performed as outpatient procedure 2.3 days
Recovery
(Estimated days until returning to work or normal activity)
Less than 11 days 32.5 days
Experienced Complications (After 30 days) 12.7% 32%

Dr. Gonzalez Explains The UFE Procedure

Key Benefits of UFE

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a safe, effective and proven alternative treatment to hysterectomy. UFE eliminates fibroids by blocking their blood supply causing them to shrink. Benefits of UFE include:

  • Minimally invasive, performed through small nick in skin
  • No general anesthesia
  • Often performed as outpatient procedure
  • Faster recovery compared to hysterectomy or myomectomy

  • Covered by most insurance
UFE VS HYSTERECTOMY UFE Hysterectomy
Hospital Stay Time Usually performed as outpatient procedure 2.3 days
Recovery
(Estimated days until returning to work or normal activity)
Less than 11 days 32.5 days
Experienced Complications (After 30 days) 12.7% 32%

Dr. Gonzalez Explains The UFE Procedure

Testimonials

What Our Patients Are Saying

Dr Gonzalez performed prostate pae surgery on me; he explained everything throughly beforehand and I am having wonderful results from same. Dr Gonzalez and his staff are amazing and caring people and I highly recommend.

David M.

Dr. Gonzalez is amazing. He was able to find a rare condition I have that multiple other physicians did not pick up. He is both caring and knowledgeable. He explained all procedures and outcomes clearly and was available for my questions and concerns even after my procedure. He is a five star doctor and I would highly recommend him!

Adrienne V.

Dr. Gonzalez-Beicos and his staff are very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and caring. After dealing for 10 years with BPH, five biopsies, two TURP and three hospitalizations for complications I want to thank Dr. Gonzalez-Beicos and his team. They did and excellent job with a procedure called Prostatic Artery Embolization. I recovered fast and finally I can say that I’m back to normal. I would and do highly recommend him.

Jorge M.

Aldo Gonzalez-Beicos

Board Certified Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Aldo Gonzalez-Beicos, MD, is a Vascular & Interventional Radiology Specialist in Miami, FL. He specializes in treating fibroids using non-invasive procedures, offering patients effective alternatives to surgery.

Luis Razetti School of Medicine, Caracas, Venezuela

St. Elizabeth Medical Center- Tufts University, Boston, MA

St. Raphael Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Society of Interventional Radiology

About Fibroid Symptoms

While most fibroids are asymptomatic and typically discovered when a woman has a routine pelvic examination, some women may experience symptoms associated with fibroids.

Fibroid pain and heavy menstrual bleeding can change the way you act and live. Know the symptoms you shouldn’t ignore. Don’t keep relief waiting.

Fibroid symptoms may include:

  • Heavy, prolonged menstrual periods, sometimes with clots
  • Anemia (fatigue due to low red blood count)
  • Pain or pressure between the hip bones or in the back of the legs
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Urinary frequency
  • Constipation or bloating
  • An enlarged belly

Frequently Asked Questions

Uterine Fibroids Embolization

A small incision is made by the physician, typically in either the groin or wrist (further details will be discussed between you and your physician), through which a catheter is inserted into the artery. With the aid of x-ray imaging, the physician navigates the catheter to the uterine arteries that supply blood to the fibroids. Once in position, minuscule embolic particles, comparable in size to grains of sand, are introduced into the uterine arteries. This process obstructs the blood flow to the fibroid tumors, leading to their contraction. As the fibroids diminish in size, symptoms gradually alleviate.

Most fibroids are discovered during a routine pelvic examination. Some women, however, may experience symptoms associated with fibroids, such as fibroid pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.

Fibroid pain and heavy menstrual bleeding can significantly alter a woman’s behavior and lifestyle. These symptoms may affect daily activities and overall well-being, prompting the need for timely attention and management.

It is essential for women to be aware of fibroid symptoms they may be experiencing, such as pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Ignoring these symptoms may delay relief and proper treatment, underscoring the importance of timely recognition and intervention for improved quality of life.

The embolic material, consisting of small spheres, remains permanently in the blood vessels at the site of the fibroids. This sustained presence ensures continued blockage of blood flow to the fibroids, contributing to their long-term shrinkage.

UFE offers a faster recovery compared to hysterectomy or myomectomy. This is advantageous for patients seeking a quicker return to normal activities and a shorter overall recovery period.

The benefits of UFE include its minimally invasive approach, avoidance of general anesthesia, outpatient procedure status, faster recovery compared to traditional surgeries, and the added advantage of being covered by most insurance plans.

Once the interventional radiologist (IR) completes the embolization on both sides of the uterus, the catheter is gently removed. The IR may then place finger pressure over the small incision in the thigh, holding it for a few minutes to aid in stopping any bleeding. Additionally, closure of the incision may be performed using a vascular closure device for added convenience and patient comfort.

The procedure involves making a small incision in the femoral artery, providing access to the uterine artery near the fibroid tumor. Using specialized X-ray equipment, a catheter is guided to the location of the fibroids, where embolic material is injected. This material blocks vessels around the fibroid, leading to blood and oxygen deprivation, ultimately causing the fibroids to shrink.

UFE is a safe, effective, and proven alternative to hysterectomy, eliminating fibroids by blocking their blood supply and causing them to shrink. This method is considered preferable due to its minimally invasive nature, as it is performed through a small incision in the skin.