What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Uterine Fibroid Procedure
Uterine fibroids are small, noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can cause heavy bleeding and pressure on the surrounding organs. If you believe you have uterine fibroids or if a specialist has diagnosed them, American Fibroid Centers can perform an advanced treatment known as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE ) to improve fibroid pain.
With a growing number of women choosing options, like UFE, you may be wondering what's involved before, during, and after the procedure. Our goal is to ensure patients are prepared every step of the way. Call our office in New York or New Jersey to meet with a trained physician today.
How to prepare for UFE
Uterine fibroid embolization involves image-guided technology and specialized tools that ultimately shrink the size of fibroids. Small fibroids are less likely to cause uncomfortable problems that interfere with your day-to-day life.
But before undergoing this procedure, patients should confirm their diagnosis by visiting their gynecologist or a member of our team. American Fibroid Centers offer MRIs to ensure fibroids are, in fact, present and if they are causing your symptoms.
Our team will gladly review everything you need in order to undergo UFE. During a visit to our office in New York or New Jersey, you can expect to:
Arrive at our office with your ID and insurance card
Be ready to explain your history of symptoms (such as fibroid pain and irregular periods), medical history, or family history of fibroids
Discuss any current prescriptions, such as blood-thinning medications
If we decide to move forward with UFE, patients should take the appropriate amount of time off from work and strenuous activities during the day of the procedure.
What happens during UFE
Uterine fibroid embolization begins with a small incision in either the groin or wrist area. A tube is then inserted through the blood vessel to access the arteries. Iodine dye helps us capture a detailed image of the uterine tissue. Small particles are then administered into the area to obstruct the blood supply to the fibroids. Once this process is complete, patients are monitored in our on-site recovery room and given detailed instructions about how to proceed over the following 24 – 48 hours.
How UFE recovery works
Even though uterine fibroid embolization is minimally invasive, patients should be aware of common side effects. These may include discomfort in the treatment area, fatigue, and nausea. These should improve over the following several days up to a week. The physicians at American Fibroid Centers will also schedule follow-up appointments to check on your recovery and monitor your progress.
What about my results?
As a patient, you can expect to feel a sense of relief after initial treatment. All you have to do is follow our recovery instructions and rest! Uterine fibroid embolization has the potential to shrink uterine fibroids so patients enjoy a reduction in symptoms, such as fibroid pain, pressure, and heavy bleeding. By blocking the blood supply to the growths, you can live with less pain and more mobility.
Schedule a fibroid assessment
No one wants to live with fibroid pain. If you are experiencing symptoms, like any of the ones listed above, reach out to American Fibroid Centers in New York or New Jersey to learn about uterine fibroid embolization. We're proud to offer state-of-the-art treatments that can improve your comfort.