I had a myomectomy in 2001 and the fibroids grew back. My doctor recommended Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) because I am 40 years old, am not worried if I cannot have anymore children, and he suggested it would be a good alternative to hysterectomy.
The Procedure: The procedure went really well. It lasted about an hour & a half, or so, but I mostly slept through it (I even woke myself up during the operation snoring….LOL). Then I was pretty much passed out for the rest of the day. The cramps were just like menstrual ones and didn’t last very long. I did bleed out (from my thigh where the tube was located) a bit, but other than that, it went off without a hitch. The only awful part was my aversion to the Percocet, which made me profusely vomit. Other than that, it was pretty uneventful.
The Recovery: It took about a week or so, before I truly felt “normal”. My first period was normal & on time. It may have been a bit heavier than usual, though. The second one I’ve had came about a week and a half late and it was pretty much the same as the first one (symptom wise).
The Results: The first MRI showed moderate reduction (it was only after a month), but I can tell my uterus is going down a bit (it’s been about 4 months). I’m feeling fine:-). Hopefully, in another 6 months, when I get another MRI, I’ll see significant reduction.
Hope this information helps…Jodi
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