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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 blood vessels in both of your upper thighs. Then the doctor sent small particles through the catheter to prevent your fibroids from getting blood.
You can expect to feel better each day. But you may get tired quickly and need pain medicine for several days. You may need about 7 to 10 days to fully recover.
Many women have mild to severe cramps for several days after uterine fibroid embolization. You may also have mild nausea or a low fever for 4 or 5 days. Some women have vaginal bleeding or greyish or brownish vaginal discharge for several weeks. These are all common side effects of the treatment.
Your next few menstrual cycles may be heavier than normal. Some women pass tissue for up to 3 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 call line 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 call 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 call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: July 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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