What happens after a Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)?


Initially after the UFE procedure it is likely that patients will experience a variety of different side effects. However, a UFE has several long-term effects on the fibroids, namely that your symptoms should diminish and the fibroids should shrink. Dr. Suzanne Slonim, M.D., explains further.

“Okay, so immediately after the procedure you’re going to be uncomfortable, there is going to be pain, there can be low grade fever, nausea, vomiting, just you’re going to feel lousy. I’m going to give you medicines to take care of that discomfort until it’s gone, okay. Now, if you’re talking in a more long-term perspective, then what’s going to happen is the fibroids are going to shrink, the uterus is going to shrink, and your symptoms are going to go away, or improve.”

“It usually takes 3-6 months to see the maximum effect from the procedure”.

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