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Society of Interventional Radiology Applauds Report's Uterine Fibroid Embolization Recommendations
Date:9/4/2008

Practice Bulletin for Obstetrician-Gynecologists States UFE Meets Level A Evidence for Clinical Practice Change-Minimally Invasive Interventional Radiology Treatment Is Safe, Effective Option for Women With Uterine Fibroids

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Interventional Radiology, a national organization of nearly 4,500 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through minimally invasive treatment interventions, applauds the recommendations of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that uterine fibroid embolization "is a safe and effective option" for women. "This finding fully opens the door to women's choice. It will prompt gynecologists to discuss all treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids--including UFE--if they are not already doing so," said interventional radiologist John Kaufman, M.D., SIR president.

In its August practice bulletin, "Alternatives to Hysterectomy in the Management of Leiomyomas," ACOG listed UFE among Level A treatment options, meaning that the minimally invasive treatment is considered safe and effective based on long- and short-term outcomes data. Level A evidence is the highest grade possible. The ACOG practice bulletin is used by doctors to aid in making decisions about appropriate patient care. "This is especially significant news for the 200,000 women who have hysterectomies performed annually in the United States to treat symptomatic uterine fibroids. Many of these women can confidently choose UFE," noted Kaufman.

"Women seeking treatment for their fibroids should be aware of all of their treatment options. UFE may be one of those options, and the best way to determine this is to for the woman and her gynecologist to consult with an interventional radiologist," said Kaufman. "The procedure is widely available, and finding an interventional radiologist who performs UFE is easy. The online SIR physician di
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