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 not do strenuous activity for the next 7-10 days.
- No sex or tampon use for the next 7-10 days.
- One of our staff will call you at home in the next few days to see how you are doing.
- Pain medicine: ________________________________________. This is to help with pain or cramping. You may still have pelvic pain for the next 7-10 days. Take ____ pills every 4 hours as needed for pain or cramping. The pain pills may cause some constipation. Drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in fiber. You can also treat this with a laxative.
- Anti-inflammatory medicine. Take ibuprofen 600 mg with food 3 times a day for the next 7 to 10 days. Please call Interventional Radiology if it causes stomach upset.
- We ask that you return to for an Interventional Radiology clinic visit on ______________________ at ____________ to check your groin site, IV sites, and health.
When to Call the Doctor
- 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. You may need a dilatation and curettage. 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 4pm, call 608-263-8355.
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, please call 1-800-323-8942.
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: 05/27/2010
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