Risks and Side Effects of Fibroid Embolization
- Created: July 9, 2010
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Read on to see how the side effects associated with UFE compare to some of the other fibroid-related procedures.
Although Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE) is very safe and less risky than surgery, any medical procedure has some potential side effects or risks. In terms of UFE, most women experience moderate to severe pain and cramping during the first several hours after the procedure, and some also experience nausea and fever. However, all of these side effects can be successfully controlled with appropriate pain medications. At times it is common for patients to experience mild nausea, low-grade fever, and discomfort for a few days after the UFE procedure. In very few cases (approximately 3-4 percent of patients), the fibroids and uterus become infected. This type of infection can usually be controlled with antibiotics, but in rare cases a hysterectomy may be required.
Additionally, a small number of patients have reported beginning menopause after the procedure, but this rarely occurs in women under the age of 45 (only about 1%) and is most common in older women who are approaching menopause.
Overall, however, the procedure is quick, effective, and easy, leaving 94% of patients extremely satisfied with their results.embolization uae