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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 your groin or arm. Then the doctor sent small particles 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 and need pain medicine for several days.
You may 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. You may have vaginal bleeding or greyish or brownish vaginal discharge for several weeks. These symptoms are called post-embolization syndrome (PES) and 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. You may 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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Adaptation Date: 2/18/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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