- August 3, 2020
- Posted by: cmcdonald
- Categories: Uterine Fibroid Embolization Video, Video Library
Q: What is important for patients to know about Uterine Fibroid Embolization and what does the recovery process look like?
A: The procedure itself is fairly straightforward to perform. It involves putting a catheter into the arteries that supply the fibroids and injecting small particles, which essentially clog the arteries and stop the blood flow. Because of that, it can be done very safely as an outpatient procedure, and it is not uncomfortable to undergo the procedure.
The major issue with Uterine Fibroid Embolization is that when a part of the body doesn’t have a blood supply, it hurts. So there can be crampy pain after the procedure. To mitigate that, we have our patients obtain all their post-operative pain medications ahead of time. We start them during the procedure and make sure that everything is well taken care of before you leave our facility. You can expect that for about three to five days after the procedure, there may be some manageable, crampy pelvic pain. It gradually gets better as time goes on.
Usually by about day seven after the procedure, most women report that they’re back to normal. Since it’s not a surgery and there are no sutures, you can do anything you’d like after the procedure. It’s just a matter of what you feel like you can tolerate. Some women have gone back to work the next day, which I don’t advocate, but, most need to have about a week off of any major responsibility before they can really be back on their feet.
More videos from the interview with Dr. Abadir of the Fishkill Endovascular Center as he outlines causes and treatments for uterine fibroids:
- Why are so many women affected by fibroids and what causes fibroids?
- When should women with fibroids schedule an appointment?
- What treatment options are available for uterine fibroids?
- Are there any non-surgical treatment options for fibroids?
- What can patients expect the day of their procedure?
- What are the potential complications of Uterine Fibroid Embolization?