What to Expect After UFE
For women seeking a minimally invasive solution for treating their uterine fibroids, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is becoming a popular choice. In most cases, the recovery process is faster than a myomectomy or hysterectomy due to the minimally invasive nature of this procedure.
The First Day Following the Procedure
The immediate few hours following the UFE procedure tend to be the most uncomfortable in the process, but you can expect to feel better in the following days. Most women cite pain, cramping and nausea as the most common side effects. Typically, you will stay in patient recovery for 12 to 24 hours and will be able to leave shortly after that depending on how you are feeling. Since it is not recommended that patients drive following the procedure, a ride home will need to be arranged.
The First Week Following UFE
Take it easy this week. Limit exercising and other intense physical activities in order to allow for a full recovery. Even though you’re limiting your physical activity, try to take a slow walk each day. A simple walk around the block will help get blood flowing and prevent certain issues that may arise from inactivity.
During this time, most women experience cramping and fatigue, but these symptoms are milder than those experienced on the first day. Some women still experience nausea and even a low grade fever, but this should go away within the week.
Many women choose to take this week off of work to recover and it is especially recommended if your job requires you to be on your feet all day.
Two Weeks After the Procedure
Most women will be able to return to their normal activities between eight and 14 days after the procedure. Unless you’re feeling symptoms, feel free to get back to exercising, working and your normal daily routine after two weeks.
Life After UFE
Improvements in symptoms are most commonly noticed within the first three months. According to studies on the effectiveness of uterine fibroid embolization, 93 percent of women reported having seen improvements in their symptoms and the majority of patients (73 percent) saw long-lasting relief from symptoms after five years.
When to Alert Your Physician
It is rare for complications to arise as a result of this procedure, but be aware of the following symptoms and call The Interventional Radiology at the University of Kansas if they are present:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- A fever of 100.4 degrees that lasts for more than four days
- Strong cramps persist past five days
- Heavy bleeding occurs between menstrual cycles after a few months.
Schedule a Consultation with Interventional Radiology in Kansas City, Kansas
Ready to consult with a doctor at The University of Kansas Interventional Radiology about UFE fibroid treatment? Contact our office today at (913) 588-1030.