Discharge Instructions for Uterine Fibroid Embolization

Your doctor performed a uterine fibroid embolization. This is also called a uterine artery embolization. Uterine fibroids are tumors that are not cancerous. This means they are benign. Uterine fibroid embolization stops the blood supply to the tumor without surgery. To do this, a doctor injects small bits of plastic into the blood vessel that brings blood to the fibroid tumor. These pieces of plastic build up in the artery and block the blood supply. During this procedure, your doctor made a cut, or incision, at your groin. A thin tube called a catheter was put through a blood vessel in your leg to your uterus. Here’s what to do at home following this procedure.


  • Limit your activity for 2 days after the procedure.

  • Ask a friend or family member to stay with you as you rest in bed or on the couch.

  • Slowly increase your activities during the week after the procedure.

  • Don’t drive for 24 hours.

  • Don’t climb stairs for 2 days after the procedure.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 1 week after the procedure.

  • Don’t bend at the waist for 2 days.

  • Ask your doctor when you can go back to work.

Other home care

  • Don’t be alarmed by vaginal discharge that is grayish or brown in color. This is from the breakdown of the fibroid tumor. It is normal.

  • Expect your next 2 or 3 periods to be heavier than normal.

  • Take your medicines as directed. Don’t skip doses.

  • Unless otherwise directed, drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. This helps to prevent dehydration. It also helps flush your body of the dye that was used during the procedure.

  • Take your temperature and check your incision site every day for a week. Look for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or warmth.

  • Ask your doctor when it is safe to swim or take a bath.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to seek medical care

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Constant or increasing pain or numbness in your leg

  • Fever above 100.5°F (38.0°C) or other signs of infection. This includes redness, swelling, or warmth at the incision site.

  • Shortness of breath

  • A leg that feels cold or looks blue

  • Blood in your urine

  • Black or tarry stools


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