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Uterine fibroid embolization; UFE; UAE
Always tell your doctor or nurse:
Before your UAE:
On the day of your UAE:
Women usually stay in the hospital overnight after UAE. Some women are able to go home the same day.
You will receive pain medicine. You will be asked to lie flat for 4 - 6 hours after the procedure.
Pelvic cramps are common for the first 24 hours after the procedure. They may last for a few days to 2 weeks. Cramps may be severe and may last more than 6 hours at a time.
Most women recover quickly and are able to return to normal activities within 7 - 10 days. The treated fibroid tissue may pass through your vagina.
Uterine artery embolization works well to decrease pain, pressure, and bleeding from fibroids in most women who have the procedure.
It is less invasive than surgical treatments for uterine fibroids. Many women are likely to return more quickly to actives after surgery.
As with other treatments for uterine fibroids, some women may require more procedures or a hysterectomy in the future.
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