Uterine fibroids are noncancerous (benign) growths that develop in the muscular wall of the uterus. In this eight-minute video, Dr. Howard Richard, assistant professor of diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, discusses a new, minimally invasive technology now being used to treat fibroids in a process known as uterine fibroid embolization.
Uterine fibroid embolization involves passing a tiny, pencil-tip sized tube (a catheter) through a tiny nick in the skin near the groin, into the arteries that feed blood to the uterus. Tiny microscopic FDA-approved particles are injected into these arteries to selectively block the blood flow to the fibroids, causing them to gradually shrink over time. Watch this video to listen to Dr. Richard and one of his patients discuss their experience with this procedure.