What should I expect after having uterine fibroid embolization (UFE)?

Dr. Anup K. Singh, MD
Diagnostic Radiologist

After uterine artery embolization, expect minor side effects such as mild cramping or tiredness. Watch Anup Singh, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital, explain more.

Dr. John C. Lipman, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiologist

In experienced hands, the UFE procedure should take less than 1 hour to perform. Patients will have a period of bed rest; typically 1-2 hours (if a simple closure device to seal the opening at the skin is used) or up to 6 hours if it is not. The opening at the skin is covered by a regular band aid. After 6 hours, patients are typically discharged home and will recover over the next 5-7 days. Everyone will experience some degree of pain after this procedure which for many is similar to their monthly menstrual pain. The pain is most intense the day of the procedure and will improve each day over the next 4-5days and controlled with analgesics, anti-inflammatories and localized heat (i.e., heating pad). Patients are often back to work 1 week after the procedure and can resume full activities in 2 weeks.

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