Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is a nonsurgical method of uterine fibroid treatment. The method is based on blocking the blood flow to all fibroids, which leads to their independent extinction.
UFE has many advantages, and one of them is that it’s a minimally invasive procedure that allows a woman to return to normal life in a short time. Only 30-40 minutes of a painless procedure and less than a week of recovery separate you from life without fibroids and their unpleasant symptoms! This is the fastest recovery time among all treatment options for uterine fibroids.
Advantages of UFE:
– High efficiency. UFE does not leave scars and cuts.
– This treatment method virtually eliminates the re-development of fibroids, which can not be said about surgery.
– A woman can go home a few hours after the procedure (in very rare cases, she needs to stay under the supervision of medical staff for one night).
Uterine Fibroid Embolization Recovery: What To Expect After The Procedure
Even considering the fact that UFE is an almost painless procedure, some pulling pains in the lower abdomen can appear after a couple of hours. This is due to decrease in blood supply in fibroid cells, and this indicates the effectiveness of the procedure. Painful sensations last only a few hours and are reduced by appropriate medication.
UFE is a safe procedure with minimal risk of undesirable consequences that is much lower than with surgery (does not exceed 1%). Clinical studies have confirmed that complications after uterine fibroid embolization are much less common than after any type of surgical treatment of uterine fibroids.
The most common consequence of UFE is the appearance of a small hematoma on the thigh at the site of the puncture. This is a minor complication and as a rule you do not need to do anything; it disappears on its own within a couple of weeks.
On the first day after the procedure, body temperature usually rises slightly. In some cases, it can last up to seven days.
In the first week after the procedure, the patient must follow some rules at home:
– Observe bed rest for several days.
– To relieve pain (if any), you can take painkillers prescribed by your doctor.
– Monitor body temperature.
– After the procedure, it is recommended to increase fluid intake, especially in the first week.
– In the first days after the UFE, you cannot take a hot bath (it is better to shower), go to sauna or pool.
– For a few weeks after the procedure it is not recommended to use tampons.
– No intense physical activity for a few weeks.
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Usually, a woman can begin to work and return to her usual lifestyle within a week after the procedure.
Sexual Life after UFE
It is usually recommended not to have sex for about a month after the procedure, but this is a recommendation, not a rule. For a couple of months after UFE it is recommended to use barrier contraceptives.
After the procedure, the doctor will notify you when you need to come for an examination again. You may need a couple of follow up visits. The first of them is usually scheduled 3 months after the UFE.
In most cases, if the doctor confirms the effectiveness of the procedure at the examination after 3 months, a woman can begin to plan pregnancy and try to conceive. As a rule, by this time the patient has already returned to her usual lifestyle.
If you’re suffering from fibroids and have been told by your doctor that you need a surgery (a hysterectomy or a myomectomy), get a second opinion at Atlanta Fibroid Center. We’re world renowned experts in the nonsurgical treatment of uterine fibroids. Contact us at (770) 691-1108 or make an appointment online to learn more about UFE.