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You’ve had an embolization, now what?

July 26th, 2011

After having an Embolization, how long afterwards can I expect to see some visible change?

After the procedure, the embolized fibroid immediately loses its supply of oxygen, blood, and nutrients. Because of this, over the subsequent weeks and months, individual muscle cells in the fibroid die off and are replaced by scar tissue. This process, however, occurs gradually, and is not an instantaneous occurrence. Because the individual cells die off one at a time, there is no large mass of dead tissue in the body.

Eventually, the fibroid is replaced by scar tissue. This scar tissue is about half as big as the original fibroid, or perhaps slightly smaller. Because scar tissue does not respond to hormonal stimulation as fibroids do, the normal menstrual cycle no longer causes growth and you can expect to experience lighter periods, less pain, and less pressure. Most women are able to witness lessened symptoms almost immediately.

You can expect to meet with your OB-GYN 1 week, 6 months, and year after the procedure so that he/she can track the progress of your fibroids. However, because results may vary for each individual, it is difficult to determine a set time at which you will see visible changes; however, in most cases, women find that the procedure successfully decreases the size of their fibroids and they are able to experience a life with out the burden of fibroid symptoms!

Learn more about how UFE may be able to improve your quality of life and give us a call at 866-362-64633 or Request a Free Consultation Online.

One Response to “You’ve had an embolization, now what?”

  1. Kathy says:

    I have a large uterine fibroid 9.5 cm on the left side and some samller ones. I was advised to get a hysterectomy. I’m 50 years. My bleeding is not that heavy during my periods. My main problem is back pain that radiates down my left leg due to the larger fibroid. I would prefer uterine artery embolization.

    My question is: Would this procedure provide immediate relief of back pain and leg pain which is my main problem. Or would it take months before I get relief?

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