Questions to get the conversation started.

If you decide to make an appointment with your OB-GYN to discuss whether you might be a candidate for UFE, please view the list of questions provided below. The questions will help you to better understand the fibroid treatment options available to you.


Questions about fibroid treatments:

  • How do you typically treat symptomatic fibroids? What are the risks and benefits of each of these treatments?
  • What are surgical and less invasive options for treating my uterine fibroids? What are the advantages, risks, and benefits of each of these treatments?
  •    Have all of the necessary diagnostic tests been performed? Trans-vaginal ultrasound or

MRI? Endometrial biopsy? Blood tests? Why or why not?

  • If I want to retain my uterus, what alternatives to hysterectomy are available?


Questions about more invasive surgical options:

  • Do I need to have surgery? Will my ovaries be removed? If so, why? Will my cervix be removed? If so, why?
  • What are the risks associated with surgery?
  • Will I experience earlier menopause? Can the symptoms of menopause be treated?
  • What are the risks and benefits of treatment(s) for the symptoms of menopause?
  • What are the limitations of surgery?
  • Will surgery cure my uterine fibroid tumors?


Questions about UFE:

  • Do you refer patients for UFE? If not, why?
  • How many patients have you referred for UFE and how many have chosen UFE to treat their fibroids?
  • Will you refer me to an Interventional Radiologist for a consultation?


Questions for your Interventional Radiologist (IR):

  • How would you coordinate my care with my OB-GYN?
  • How often is the procedure successful in treating uterine fibroids?
  • Are your patients happy with the procedure?
  • How often do complications occur? What are typical complications?
  • How will I feel during and after the UFE procedure?
  • What is the length of the procedure? What is the normal recovery time?
  • How long should I expect to stay in the hospital?
  • How long should I expect to be away from work?
  • What kind of follow-up care is typical and who manages it?
  • What typically happens to the fibroids after the blood supply is cut off? Will the fibroids be expelled vaginally or will the procedure simply result in my fibroids shrinking?
  • Will my fibroids, or the symptoms of my fibroids, come back?
  • Will I still get my periods after having UFE and what will they be like?
  • Will my insurance cover UFE?
  • Can you help me determine if I am a candidate for UFE and when can we schedule the procedure?