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UFE Patient Preparation

Prior to Scheduling

  • A gynecological work-up will be done by your GYN Physician.
    • Ultrasound or MRI of the uterus
    • Endometrial biopsy
    • Lab Work: CBC, PT, PTT, INR, BUN, Creatine, Serum
    • Pregancy Test
    • EKG
    • Chest X-ray
  • A written referral from your Gynecologist requesting UFE
  • Once the information above is obtained, The Interventional Radiology Nurse will contact you to schedule procedure and a pre-registration appointment.

Pre-Registration Appointment

You will be given an appointment with the Interventional Radiology Nurse. At that time:

  • You will be given written instructions to prepare for the procedure. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have.
  • You will be given several prescriptions to be filled prior to the procedure. Please bring them with you on the day of the procedure.
  • You will be registered for your procedure at this time.

Procedure Day

  • Remember to arrive at the Radiology department at the time requested during your Pre-registration interview. The Radiology Department is located on the second floor of Schneider Regional Medical Center.
  • Remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before.
  • Bring the medication you are to take after the procedure with you to the hospital.
  • Take only the medications the nurse instructs you to take.
  • When you arrive to the Radiology Department, give your name to the person at the front desk and the nurse will come out to greet you.
  • You must have a responsible adult with you at the time of discharge and 48 hours after the procedure.

Post-Procedure Care

  • Day-long stay in hospital for symptom management and observation
  • Transient pelvic cramping 8-12 hrs after procedure relieved with intravenous and oral medication. Nausea may occur and treated with antinausea medications.
  • Discharge that evening with oral medications for possible cramping, nausea or fever.

Post-UFE at Home

  • Mild to moderate cramping typically several days
  • Most women return to work in 3-4 days and report full recovery in 1-2 weeks
  • 20% may develop temporary fever known as Post-Embolization Syndrome, can last up to one week. Treated with anti-inflammatory over the counter medicines
  • Follow up appointment in 2 weeks. Follow up MRI in 3-6 months.

St. Thomas Radiology Associates, LLC  •  Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Fibroids  •  Women's Imaging Center  •  Vein Center

Paragon Medical Building, Suite 103  •  9149 Estate Thomas  •  St. Thomas, USVI 00802
4500 Queen Mary Hwy, Suite B4  •  Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI 00820