New uterine fibroid treatment is less invasive

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Uterine fibroids affect 20 to 80% of women between the ages of 30 and 50 years of age. These are non-cancerous tumors that grow within the uterus. Surgery is usually the option for treatment, but there are less invasive treatments available.

Dr. Darryl Zuckerman, a radiologist at the Mallinkrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University's School of Medicine, discusses the new procedure.

The less invasive treatment, uterine fibroid embolization or ufe, is performed with a small nick made in the wrist or upper thigh through which a catheter is inserted.  Medical-grade material is injected in the catheter. The spheres block the fibroids' blood flow, which essentially kills the fibroids.

General anesthesia is not required, so women should be back to work in a week or less! And the procedure is well covered by most insurance.

To learn more about the procedure, attend a free program tonight at the Brentwood Community Center.

Registration is at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information visit: mir.wustl.edu/ufe