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If you are a good candidate for UFE and wish to proceed, a nurse will call you to schedule your procedure. Pick a date that works well with your schedule and prepare for 10-14 days for complete recovery time following. You will stay overnight after the procedure, and need to have a ride home the following day.
Insurance coverage is always a concern. We will contact your insurance company to obtain precertification for your procedure. This can take one to two weeks; so the earlier this process starts the less likely there is to be an impact on your procedure date. A phone call to your insurance company by you to ensure this is a covered benefit and to forewarn them of our precertification request may help move it along. You will be contacted if there are any problems getting authorization.
Two days before your UFE procedure
You will be given prescriptions for medications to be taken in advance of your procedure. The first is for Procardia XL, which is to start two days beforehand up until the morning of your procedure. This medicine, which is generally used to treat high blood pressure, helps the uterine arteries to relax and ensure a successful outcome. If it causes severe headaches or other unpleasant side effect, you may discontinue taking it.
The day before your UFE procedure
The other medicine is a Scopolamine® patch, which is to be placed behind your ear the afternoon before. It will help to prevent nausea, which might occur after UFE. If you experience extreme dry mouth, dizziness, or blurry vision, peel off the patch and your symptoms should ease up shortly afterward. If you are doing okay, you will be asked to keep the patch on after your procedure for 36 hours and take it off once you are home.
Eat light, drinking plenty of fluids. Please do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure. If you have pills you need to take the morning of, you may take them with a small amount of water.