I have had a myomectomy, can I still be considered for UFE?
Yes. Myomectomy is the removal of the largest fibroid or collection of fibroids and attempts to sew the uterus back together. fibroids are often multiple and reside in multiple areas of the uterus. It is often not possible to remove all of the fibroids and still be able to have a uterus left intact (2-3% of patients that undergo myomectomy wake up with a hysterectomy). Therefore, after myomectomy, there is still a significant fibroid burden which will continue to grow after surgery and the symptoms will recur. It recurs at a rate of 10% per year (i.e. over half of the patients will recur within 5 years, over 1/3 within 3 years). UFE treats all of the fibroids that are in the uterus and therefore the recurrence rate after UFE is much lower than that seen with myomectomy.