What follow-up care is necessary after uterine fibroid treatment?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Follow-up care for uterine fibroids often depends on the treatment. In all cases, even those that don't require treatment, you should see your doctor every six or twelve months for a check-up to make sure the fibroids haven't gotten bigger. If your treatment requires medication, follow-up may simply include continuing to take your medication. If you notice any unusual signs or symptoms, or if your original symptoms don't improve, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication or dosage. If you undergo any type of surgery for uterine fibroids, including hysterectomy, recovery will obviously take longer and be more intensive. In those cases, it's important to take good care of overall health by getting enough rest and taking it easy while you recover, and to check in regularly with your doctor to make sure you're healing well.

Follow-up care depends on the type of treatment. Patients that are being treated with medicines will need interval follow-up with their doctor to insure that the medicines are effective or if not consider a different type of option. This can be in as little as a month but more commonly 3-4 months. Women that undergo uterine fibroid embolization will typically be clinically evaluated at 3 months to see if the symptoms have significantly improved (or disappeared) and by imaging (pelvic MRI with contrast) to insure that the fibroids are completely infarcted (dead). For surgical procedures, the woman is typically seen for routine follow-up 4-6 weeks after surgery.

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