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Discharge Instructions for Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Your doctor performed a uterine fibroid embolization. Uterine fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors. Uterine artery embolization is a way to stop the blood supply to the tumor without doing surgery. A doctor injects small plastic particles into the blood vessel that supplies blood to the fibroid tumor. During the procedure, your doctor made an incision at your groin. A thin tube called a catheter was threaded through a blood vessel in your leg to your uterus. Here's what to do at home following this procedure.

Activity

  • Limit your activity for 2 days after the procedure.

  • Ask a friend or family member to stay with you as you rest in bed or on the couch.

  • Gradually increase your activities during the week after the procedure.

  • Don’t drive for 24 hours.

  • Don’t climb stairs for 2 days after the procedure.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 1 week after the procedure.

  • Don’t bend at the waist for 2 days.

  • Ask your doctor when you can return to work.

Other Home Care

  • Don’t be alarmed by vaginal discharge that is grayish or brown in color. This is from the breakdown of the fibroid tumor and is expected.

  • Expect your next two or three periods to be heavier than usual.

  • Take your medications as directed. Don’t skip doses.

  • Unless otherwise directed, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration and to help flush your body of the dye that was used during the procedure.

  • Take your temperature and check your incision site for signs of infection (redness, swelling, or warmth) every day for a week.

  • Avoid swimming or sitting in the bath until the doctor removes your sutures. You may shower the day after the procedure.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg

  • Fever above 100.5 (38.0°C) °F or other signs of infection (redness, swelling or warmth at the incision site)

  • Shortness of breath

  • A leg that feels cold or looks blue

  • Bleeding, bruising, or large swelling where the catheter was inserted.

  • Blood in your urine

  • Black or tarry stools

 

 

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