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Hi I just wanted to post my experience of UFE as I spent a lot of time
lurking on here before my op and hope that my experience may help others.
I'd previously been recommended to have a hysterectomy as my fibroids
(9x9 and 4x5) were not suitable to have a myomectomy.
The largest fibroid was causing severe pressure on my bladder and right ovary
causing pressure incontinance and constant urge to got to the toilet. It was painful
during my periods but did not cause any bleeding problems.
I was reluctant to have the hysterectomy as I'm 43 and did not want to have a lot of time off work.
A consultant explained the procedure of UFE to me and i decided this would be the best option.
I was very worried about the pain that had been discussed by other ladies on here but I would say at worst
it was like the very bad period pains I experienced when I was younger.
The procedure itself was very straight forward the incision site was tiny, although a little sore for at least
7 days. I was given paracetamol, ibuprofen, a morphine tablet, a sedative and intravenous antibiotic during the
Op. I felt pain which increased for around 8 hours. I was attached to a morphine
pump but I was so out of it that I stopped using it by around 7pm (my op was 9am). I was very sick during the night
and had intravenous anti-sickness and fluids overnight. The pain I continued to manage with ibuprofen, paracetamol and oral morphine.
I was in hospital for 2 nights, and came home the 3rd evening. It is uncomfotable, I suggest having constant hot water bottles
as this really helps and start taking a laxative as soon as you get home as the constipation from the morphine meant
I didn't go to the loo for 7 days! I had no appetite for the first few days, and ate very little for a week.
Im coming up to 2 weeks post op and I can already feel a difference, I have less heaviness in my abdomen, less need to
urinate and less pain when turning over in bed. My tummy looks a tiny bit flatter on the right side too. I wont be going back to work until
3 weeks after the op as I am on my feet a lot and I have still been tired and a bit achy in my abdomen.
I was terrified about the pain after readingnthings on here, but mine was well managed and not as bad as I thought it would be.
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