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Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure done to destroy or shrink uterine fibroids. Your doctor put a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin or arm. Then the doctor sent a solution through the catheter to prevent your fibroids from getting blood.
You can expect to feel better each day after the procedure. But you may get tired quickly.
You may have pain or cramps for several days after uterine fibroid embolization. But sometimes pain can last for a couple of weeks. You may also have mild nausea for several days. Some people have vaginal bleeding or greyish or brownish vaginal discharge for several weeks to months. These are all common side effects of the procedure. These symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 weeks.
Your next few menstrual cycles may be heavier than normal. Some people pass fibroid tissue for several months after the procedure.
Make sure to avoid heavy lifting for about a week.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 5/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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