Hysterectomy UFE
Nature Major surgery Minimally invasive
Where Operating theatre Angiogram suite
Performed by Gyaecologist Interventional Radiologist
Anaesthetic General Local
Size of cut 15 cm 0.5 cm
Hospital stay 4-6 nights 1-2 nights
Recovery 4-6 weeks 1 week
Risk of blood transfusion 2-3% Essentially nil
Acute complication 5-10% < 1%
Delayed complication* Nil 1-5%
Effectiveness for fibroid symptoms* Same Same
Quality of life improvement Same Same
Imaging follow-up No Yes
Future fertility* No Possible
Socioeconomic cost Higher Lower

* Please see UFE page