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  • uterine fibroid embolization

    Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a non-surgical treatment alternative for symptoms caused by uterine fibroid tumors.

  • meet our team

    Our IR team consists of several radiology technologists, radiology nurses, and administrative assistants who assist Dr. Fischer to ensure that your procedure goes as smoothly and safely as possible.

MRgFUS table and MRI machine

The purpose of this web site is to educate patients about Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a nonsurgical alternative treatment for symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors. Fibroids (leiomyomas) are benign tumors made of muscle tissue that grow in the uterus and are very common in women of child bearing age. Fibroids occur in one-third of all women and can cause significant symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, back pain, constipation and infertility. Traditional treatment options include hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and myomectomy (surgical removal of only the fibroids). There are also multiple newer, less invasive treatment options available for fibroids including UFE, MRgFUS, laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopic surgery and robotic surgery. No single treatment option is best for every fibroid patient. Determining the best treatment option for any given patient should take into account multiple factors including the size, number, location and blood supply to the fibroids, the patient's age, desire for future fertility and other medical problems (if any).



This had to have been the best decision I made. My procedure was almost a year ago and the best advice I can give anyone considering this, don't believe everything you hear about the pain and side effects. With any medical procedures there are side effects but with this procedure, they are few and far between. As far as the pain factor, if you follow Dr. Fischer's instructions, you will be fine. I had no issues. After the procedure, there was discomfort and a little pain but it was tolerable. Leaving to go home, I felt no pain but as instructed I followed instructions on taking all medication upon reaching home. The main no-no is to NOT...I repeat not allow the pain to get ahead of the medication. In other words, do not miss a dose. Try to take all medication as instructed...not 10-15 minutes later. Take all meds on time. I cannot stress that enough. By the 3rd or 4th day, I started feeling better but tired but better nonetheless. My many thanks go out to the awesome Radiology team including Dr. Fischer and Ms. Vondenstein, PA!

I have only positive things to say about my experiences with you and everyone at St. Luke's....I would refer Dr. Fischer and his team to anyone and told [my doctor] that she made the best referral sending me to you...

Just wanted to thank you again for the procedure. You just don't know how much better I feel. Have UFE is the BEST thing I could have ever done!! I have recommended you to several women with fibroids. Keep up the excellent work...

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