Home Care after Uterine Artery Embolization
1. How active can I be at home?
ξ When you go home today, plan to
rest. Listen to your body. Do only
light activity for the next 7-10 days.
Resume your normal routine as you
i. No sexual intercourse or
tampon use for the next 14
2. What medicine will I be taking after
ξ Pain medicine:
ξ This is to help with pain or
cramping. You may still have pelvic
pain for the next 7-14 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
you do not have a bowel movement
for 3 days.
ξ 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
ξ Anti-nausea medicine. Take as
instructed for nausea or upset
stomach. Please call Interventional
Radiology if nausea is not controlled
with this medicine.
3. When will I return to clinic for follow
up after this procedure?
ξ We ask that you return to our
Interventional Radiology Clinic in
about 1 week and again at 3 months
after your procedure. . At those
visits we will see how you are doing
and decide whether any more
treatment is necessary.
4. When do I need to Call the
Interventional Radiology Department
ξ Fever and chills
ξ Foul smelling discharge from the
ξ Passage of large tissue (some
passage of tissue the size of a nickel
or smaller may occur)
ξ Pain uncontrolled with the pain
medicine you have
ξ 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
Interventional Radiology, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm, call: (608) 263-9729.
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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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