What is the place of uterine artery embolisation in the management of symptomatic uterine fibroids?
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 360–368, August 2008
How to Cite
HICKEY, M. and HAMMOND, I. (2008), What is the place of uterine artery embolisation in the management of symptomatic uterine fibroids?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48: 360–368. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2008.00886.x
- Issue published online: 29 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2008
- Received 06 February 2008; accepted 24 April 2008.
- uterine artery embolisation;
- uterine fibroids
Background: Uterine artery embolisation (UAE) is an alternative to surgical management for symptomatic uterine fibroids and is increasingly performed in Australia.
Aims: To review the evidence for the efficacy, safety and acceptability of UAE and to evaluate the place of UAE in Australia
Methods: The study used literature review.
Results: UAE compares favourably to hysterectomy and myomectomy in terms of short-term symptom relief, cost, patient satisfaction and complications. There is a paucity of evidence regarding fertility and pregnancy after UAE. A significant minority of women require re-intervention following UAE.
Conclusions: UAE should be considered as an alternative to surgical management of symptomatic uterine fibroids in carefully selected and informed patients.