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How effective and painful is a uterine embolization of the fibroids?

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Dr. John Lipman
Radiology
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In brief: Very effective

Uterine artery embolization (uae) is a very effective, non-surgical, outpatient procedure to treat symptoms from fibroids.
Typical recovery 4-5 days (out of work 1week). A small percentage of patients have a rough go with pain, most find it manageable with oral meds. Most important to find an experienced ir with uae and one that has a specific pain regimen in place.

In brief: Very effective

Uterine artery embolization (uae) is a very effective, non-surgical, outpatient procedure to treat symptoms from fibroids.
Typical recovery 4-5 days (out of work 1week). A small percentage of patients have a rough go with pain, most find it manageable with oral meds. Most important to find an experienced ir with uae and one that has a specific pain regimen in place.
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Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Embolization has been proven to be a very effective and durable method for treating symptomatic fibroids. The procedure itself is not uncomfortable. Post procedure there is often pelvic pain that varies that can usually be managed with oral medication which often improves in about a week. Most woman can return to their regular routine much quicker than those who have had a hysterectomy .
Dr. Joseph Gemmete
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

Some patients have minimal pain, others can have significant pain similar to child birth.
Fortunately this can be controlled with minimal discomfort using IV pain meds and oral pain meds when the patient is discharged from the hospital. The worst pain in within the first 12 hrs after the procedure.

In brief: Varies

Some patients have minimal pain, others can have significant pain similar to child birth.
Fortunately this can be controlled with minimal discomfort using IV pain meds and oral pain meds when the patient is discharged from the hospital. The worst pain in within the first 12 hrs after the procedure.
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