What Is the Recovery Process for Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Gynecologist doctor conducts a medical examination of a girl who has pain in the lower abdomen. Female reproductive system diseases and treatment concept, bladder inflammation, background Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus that develop in the muscle tissues. They are benign but can pose issues such as heavy bleeding, pain in the abdominal region, and even infertility. Leaving them untreated can lead to increased pain and worsening symptoms. That’s why it is imperative to seek treatment if a professional has diagnosed you with them. Midatlantic Vascular & International provides safe and effective uterine fibroid embolization in Bowie, MD.

What Is Uterine Fibroid Embolization?

Uterine fibroid embolization is a minimally invasive procedure where the blood supply to the uterine fibroid is blocked, which will cause them to shrink and alleviate symptoms.

During the procedure, a catheter is inserted in the blood vessel in the leg or wrist and guided to blood vessels that supply blood to the targeted fibroids. Small particles are injected through this catheter into the vessel, effectively blocking blood flow. Overall, treatment time takes about two hours.

Over the following weeks and months, these fibroids will shrink. Many patients report reduced abdominal pain and normal blood flow during menstruation. Recovery typically takes several days to a week. The patient may also experience some abdominal pain.

What Is the Recovery Process?

Following the procedure, you will likely have to remain overnight since you have to be on bed rest for six hours. This is also the time when the most amount of pain may be felt in the abdomen. Also, be sure to ask a friend or family member to pick you up and drive you home, as you cannot drive a vehicle for 24 hours following the procedure.

Once you return home, you should avoid any strenuous activity, including house and yard work. You should be able to return to your normal activities within the week. Also, avoid soaking the surgical site in water for at least five days, which includes baths, pools, and beaches.

Be sure to report any unusual pain, bleeding, or other issues to your doctor.

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If you are currently experiencing symptoms of uterine fibroids, Midatlantic Vascular & International can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for you. Dr. Rishi R. Sood is skilled in providing uterine fibroid embolization treatments to help patients improve their health and life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sood today by calling (301) 622-5360 or request an appointment online.

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