Gynecological Surgery

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 69–76

Embolisation of uterine arteries or laparascopic uterine artery ligation as possible treatment of uterine leiomyoma


  • A. Stubner
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
  • S. Duda
    • Radiologische Universitätsklinik Tübingen
  • R. Kurek
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
  • C. Gall
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
  • C. Claussen
    • Radiologische Universitätsklinik Tübingen
  • K. J. Neis
    • FrauenklinikKlinikum Saarbrücken gGmbH
  • D. Wallwiener
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
  • B. Aydeniz
    • Universitäts-Frauenklinik Tübingen
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10397-004-0020-5

Cite this article as:
Stubner, A., Schauf, B., Duda, S. et al. Gynecol Surg (2004) 1: 69. doi:10.1007/s10397-004-0020-5



Many women with symptomatic uterine leiomyomata wish to preserve their uterus. Novel organ- and fertility-preserving treatment options such as embolisation of uterine arteries or laparascopic uterine artery ligation have frequently been discussed as viable alternatives to myomectomy. This article strives to bring together the conclusions of major studies on novel organ-preserving treatment alternatives for uterine myoma.


Minimally invasive organ-preserving laparascopic myomectomy remains the best treatment option for patients with symptomatic fibroids who wish to retain their uterus. However, in certain cases other options such as embolisation or laparascopic ligation of uterine arteries can serve as viable alternatives


A failure rate of up to 39% and complications such as reduced fertility because of ovarian failure after transcatheter embolisation of uterine arteries might restrict the use of this method.


For postmenopausal women, transcatheter embolisation of uterine arteries is a possible treatment alternative. Laparascopic ligation of uterine arteries and anastomotic sites of uterine arteries with ovarian arteries might also be viable for young women who desire to preserve future fertility. Further data and studies on the long-term follow-up after ligation are yet to come.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin / Heidelberg 2004