Home Care after Uterine Artery Embolization UWHC Interventional Radiology
• When you go home today, plan to rest. Resume your normal routine as you feel able. Listen to your body. Do only light activity for the next 7-10 days.
• No sexual intercourse or tampon use for the next 14 days.
• Pain medicine: _____________________________. This is to help with pain or cramping. You may still have pelvic pain for the next 7-10 days. Take pain medicine as instructed for pain or cramping. The pain pills may cause some constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in fiber. You can also take a laxative if no bowel movement for 3 days.
• Anti-inflammatory medicine. Take ibuprofen 600 mg with food 3 times a day for the next 7 days. Please call Interventional Radiology if it causes stomach upset.
• Anti-nausea medicine. Take as instructed for nausea or upset stomach. Please call Interventional Radiology if nausea is not controlled with this medicine.
3. Follow-up Appointments
• We ask that you return to for an Interventional Radiology clinic visit on _____________ at ____________to see how you are doing after the procedure.
• Please schedule a clinic visit with your local doctor in about 4 weeks so that your doctor can assess your condition after treatment. A letter will be sent to your doctor with details about the procedure.
• In 3-6 months, we will arrange a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan to see how well you responded to the treatment.
4. When to Call the Interventional Radiology Department
• Fever and chills
• Foul smelling discharge from the vagina
• Passage of large tissue (some passage of tissue the size of a nickel or smaller may occur)
• Pain uncontrolled with the pain medicine you have
• Labor-like contractions which are a sign that embolized fibroid tissue may soon be passed. Although not likely, this may occur any time from 4-8 weeks after the embolization. In rare cases, this has occurred months later.
Interventional Radiology, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, call
Weekends, nights, and holidays, call 608-262-0486. This is the paging operator. Ask for the Angio-Interventional Radiology Resident on call. Give the operator your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area you may call the toll-free number of
1-800-323-8942 and the operator will then transfer you to the Interventional Radiology Department
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 08/15/2013
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