A Guide to Recovery Following UFE

Doctor,Holding,Uterus,And,Ovaries,Model.,Ovarian,And,Cervical,Cancer, Uterine fibroids are benign growths that can form in the muscular walls of the vagina. They can lead to menstrual cycle problems, such as excessive bleeding or pain, as well as the need to urinate more often and pain during intercourse.

Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment that injects particles into the blood vessels leading to the fibroids. Once blood is unable to reach the fibroids, they begin to shrink. The procedure is an efficient and effective alternative to a hysterectomy or myometomy.

If you plan to have a UFE, here’s what you can expect during your recovery following your procedure.

What Is Recovery Like Following UFE?

Following uterine fibroid embolization from the Vascular Institute of Virginia, here’s what you can expect.

One Week

Immediately after your procedure, you may be experiencing some slight cramping or discomfort. This is completely normal and should only last for a few hours. Once you are cleared, you will need someone to drive you home from your procedure.

Many patients report mild discomfort over the following week; however, it should subside by the end of the first week. We will prescribe pain medication to help keep you comfortable and relaxed during this time.

For the first five days, you should avoid baths, hot tubs, and swimming pools and limit all physical activity until your physician clears you.

Two Weeks

You should notice your symptoms improving around two weeks as you recover from your procedure. At this time, you can incorporate more physical activity and return to your normal routine if approved.

One to Three Months

Over the next few months, the fibroids will continue to shrink. Any symptoms you may slowly be subsiding during this time. You may also notice that you do not have a menstrual cycle during the first month or two, as it takes time for it to return to normal.

Can Uterine Fibroids Return After UFE?

As long as your UFE is performed by an experienced and well-trained interventional radiologist, like those at the Vascular Institute of Virginia, your uterine fibroids should not return.

Contact Us Today

To learn more about the UFE procedure and recovery, contact the Vascular Institute of Virginia at 703-763-5224 or complete a contact form online. We have convenient locations in Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, and Fairfax, VA.

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