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The Vein & Laser Institute Offers a New Non-Surgical Procedure to Treat Uterine Fibroids

At least half of all American women of reproductive age suffer from symptomatic uterine fibroids. While hysterectomy is an established solution, an increasing number of women with this condition are opting for a less invasive option called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE).

UFE treats uterine fibroids (non-cancerous smooth muscle tumors) that grow on or within the lining of the uterus causing pain, pressure, abnormal bleeding and other symptoms related to uterine enlargement. Women who suffer from symptomatic uterine fibroids often have extended periods with heavier bleeding, spotting in between periods, urinary incontinence, and severe cramping. It definitely interrupts daily life!

The board-certified interventional radiologists at the Vascular & Interventional Institute are among the most experienced in the region at performing UFE. They use X-ray and ultrasound technology to insert a catheter through a small incision and guide it to the site of the fibroid. Then tiny embolic particles are injected through the catheter and into the blood vessels feeding the fibroids, cutting off their blood supply and “starving” them. The tumors shrink, and symptoms become less bothersome or disappear. UFE does not require anesthesia, takes less than an hour, and can be performed in an outpatient setting. Patients experience fewer side effects and resume normal activities weeks earlier than surgery!

Women who experience longer menstrual bleeding, spotting or bleeding between periods and severe pelvic pain may be eligible for UFE. As a viable alternative to surgery, this treatment is growing in popularity among women across the country. With locations in Munster and Crown Point, the Vascular & Interventional Institute is making UFE easily accessible to women all over the Region.

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of undergoing a hysterectomy to treat your symptomatic uterine fibroids and want to learn more about the procedure or to schedule an appointment, please visit

The Vascular & Interventional Institute and Vein & Laser Institute are divisions of Radiologic Associates of Northwest Indiana, providers of comprehensive diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology services to the people of NW Indiana for over 50 years.

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3907 N Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383
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3907 N Calumet Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383
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