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I just came home after uterine artery embolisation (UAE). My radiologist said all went well, he was able to block arteries feeding to the biggie fibroid (size of a small melon, equivalent to 28weeks pregnancy tummy size!) I thought I might share my experience. Firstly I'm in my late 40s so fertility was less of an issue. I'm also highly anaemic--probably heavy bleeding doesn't help--so i was advised against surgical removal because of blood loss (my size fibroid can't be done as a keyhole) and I decided against hysterecotomy because of long recovery time.
The procedure took about just under 1 hr, i was on partial anaesthetics so was aware of surroundings though i opted to get sedation. Post-op pain came back a couple of hours but i managed ok with morphine pump. But morphine gave me nausea so the following morning i switched to combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol and so far pain is under control. As I didn't get back to ward till the evening and my husband has a private insurance they let me stay an extra night instead of discharging me the next day so it was much better. Another thing is morphine gives you constipation, so took me a while to get rid of bloated feeling/tummy pressure. I'm now just taking paracetamol or ibuprofen when i need just 2-3 times daily but hope the pain (initially it's really like labour pain but gradually like a bad cramp) goes away. Hope this helps someone thinking of UAE.
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