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anyone have Fibroid embolism ? followed by laparoscopic procedure?

By March 18, 2015 - 6:02pm
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I'm in pain so I have question. After 3-weeks. Not sure if I'm passing a fibroid

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Hello joybhakta,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. I can provide you with general information about the procedure, uterine fibroid embolization and what to expect post-procedure. However, I urge you to consult your gynecologist.

For the benefit of all our readers, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a procedure done by a radiologist. It blocks blood flow to fibroids in the uterus.

It is also called uterine artery embolization. During the procedure, the doctor uses a slender, flexible tube to inject small particles of embolic agents into the uterine arteries, which supply blood to the fibroids and uterus. The goal is to block the fibroid vessels, starving the fibroids and causing them to shrink and die.

The primary side effect of uterine artery embolization is pain, which may be a reaction to stopping blood flow to the fibroids and a temporary drop in blood flow to normal uterine tissue. Pain usually peaks during the first 24 hours. Pain usually ends within a day or two, but in some women it may last up to a few weeks.

You might have a watery or mucus-like vaginal discharge for a few weeks to a month after uterine artery embolization. The discharge should stop without treatment. In a few women, remnants of fibroids are passed through the vagina.

You should return to your gynecologist for a follow-up exam within four weeks of the procedure to make sure there's no infection. Signs and symptoms of infection include fever, chills and pain. Delayed infections and vaginal discharge are rarely reported weeks to months after the procedure.

Please keep us updated.


March 19, 2015 - 8:13am
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