How long is the recovery time after UFE?
After your UFE you will be at bedrest for 2 hours. Then we will assist you as get up and start walking.
You can climb stairs the same day as your procedure.
Plan to be out of sorts for 7 days; take a week off from work. You might feel good enough to resume working after just 3 days, but you can't count on that. And some women find they need a few more days, like 10, to recover. But 7 does it for most.
You will have a small number of medications to take when you go home. One of these is a narcotic pain medicine you can take as needed. Since we use the nerve block during the procedure, many women find they do not need to take the narcotic medicine. But if you do take it, you cannot drive as long as you are taking that particular medication.
We used to recommend you avoid tampons or intercourse for 10 days, but that is no longer the case. You might not feel like having intercourse for a while, but it is safe to resume as soon as you wish.
Avoid heavy duty stress, like squats or contact sports, on the leg with the puncture site (almost always the right) for 10 days.
Don't schedule your UFE right before a big planned event, like a dream vacation, just in case you are not back to 100%. Give your self a few weeks before such an event.