After Uterine Fibroid Embolization
Continuous pressure will be applied to the catheter insertion site in the groin for as long as needed to control the bleeding from the puncture site, generally about 20 minutes.
You will then be taken to the recovery room for observation. You will be instructed to lie flat for four to six hours. Your recovery process will vary depending upon the type of sedation that is given. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are
stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged home if appropriate.
Abdominal cramping may occur after the procedure. You may receive pain medication as needed, either by a nurse or by administering it yourself through a device connected to your intravenous line.
You may have small to moderate amounts of vaginal drainage for several days. The nurse will check the sanitary pads periodically to monitor the amount of drainage.
You will be encouraged to get out of bed within a few hours. In addition, you should perform coughing and deep breathing exercises as instructed by your nurse.
Depending on your situation, you may be given liquids to drink a few hours after the procedure. Your diet may be gradually advanced to more solid foods as tolerated.
Arrangements will be made for a follow-up visit with your physician, usually one to two weeks after the procedure. At that time an ultrasound or MRI may be scheduled within six months of the procedure to determine its effectiveness.
Once you are home, it is important to keep the groin incision clean and dry. Your physician will give you specific bathing instructions. If adhesive strips are used, they should be kept dry and generally will fall off within a few days.
The incision, abdominal and pelvic muscles may ache, especially after long periods of standing. Take a pain reliever for soreness as recommended by your physician. Aspirin or certain other pain medications may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure
to take only recommended medications.
Walking and limited movement are generally encouraged, but strenuous activity should be avoided. Your physician will instruct you about when you can return to work and resume normal activities.
Avoid becoming constipated by including fiber and plenty of liquids in your diet, as straining to have a bowel movement may cause problems. Your physician may recommend a mild laxative.
You should not use a douche, tampons, engage in sexual intercourse, or return to work until your physician advises you to do so.
Notify your physician to report any of the following: