Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Side Effects

Question:Did you experience any side effects from your endometrial ablation?

Comment from: rscarrett, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure 3 years ago and haven't bled since. I have limited symptoms of having a period also. I had a thyroid issue and am 42 and am pre-menopausal but other than that have had no issues.

Comment from: Katthebrat18fl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I had the Hydro ThermAblator System done August 31st, 2016 so I am only 23 days post-operation. I was diagnosed as pre-menopausal and was taken off birth control to see if that would rectify it (I just turned 33 and have 2 kids both delivered through C-section). It did not help and so I had a tubal just in case (due to health problems I do not want more kids) but that started to cause painful periods and heavy bleeding whereas before I had normal flow, and every 28 days. A hysterectomy would take me out of work for at least 2 weeks. So I went with the endometrial ablation as they stated it would only be a day or so out. Well, I woke after the procedure and the pain was killing me (and I'm not a wimp, I'm tattooed all over)! I had Percocet, fentanyl, Valium, tramadol, and a shot, while I was still sleeping, of Motrin directly to the uterus. I don't know if it is because I am a redhead and they say we are more pain intolerant but I am glad that is over with! And it was only my left side, not the right side at all. I went home with a prescription for more Percocet and slept the rest of the day. I had Percocet as directed for 2 days after that and then the pain finally receded. Then the discharge started. First they said that I would have just a watery discharge, which was correct, but now it has morphed into an orangey-yellow sometimes pink tinged substance. Basically the healing process. My mother had the same thing done when she was my age (for same reasons, apparently it is hereditary for us) and stated hers lasted 6 to 8 weeks long. So right now it might last a couple months, but I am so happy that when I was due for my period this month I did not have one. It was more pink-tinged but no actual blood. I still had the cramps associated with menstrual times but nothing like before. I am hoping that this nasty thing goes away and finishes healing soon and that I can continue to be period free.

Comment from: HappyJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

This is week 3 following endometrial ablation procedure. I am still having very light bleeding. It seems the bloated feeling is a little better. I had a tubal, D and C, and ablation at the same time. The doctor had told me that I could return to work a few days following the procedure. Well, that was wishful thinking! The first 3 days, I was sore and tired, but didn't hurt too bad. Day 4 to 8, I had the worst pain in my left side. It was excruciating. The doctor said it was probably gas from the laparoscopy. Anyway, it has been a little slower at feeling good than I expected. I think the doctors need to be more honest about post-surgery recovery. It is better to be prepared. I will continue to post recovery over the next few weeks.

Comment from: MIchelleb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had the endometrial ablation procedure done on 8/2/16. I had my period at the time. They did it in my obstetrician/gynecologist's office. They gave me a few prescriptions (Xanax, Percocet, and a shot to the buttocks). Procedure was quick, not too painful, and same as a Pap smear test. I went in at 1ish and came home by 3. I slept until the next day. I woke up fine, no pain and no period. Today is day 2 and I still feel good.

Comment from: Tammy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure done in January 2009 and it took away my moisture. I've never needed any help before and now I have to use K-Y jelly during intercourse.

Comment from: Mills, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had an endometrial ablation on the 3/3/2016. I am 31 and after 18 years off horrible heavy periods with just 3 days a month with no bleeding I feel the healthiest I have ever been. I understand that it doesn't cure my polycystic ovarian syndrome but since this procedure I haven't had any pain, etc. Best thing ever. The only downfall is that I have never had children but glad I am now healthy.

Comment from: Menopausalmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had NovaSure endometrial ablation in July 2015. I was told I would bleed post operation for maybe 3 weeks. It lasted 10 weeks. The post operation bloating was beyond horrible. After 10 weeks of post operation bleeding, I still got my period every 26 days in October, November, and December but bleeding was significantly less than I was used to. I'm 52, so I considered this a success until I can reach menopause. In January and February 2016 I had minimal spotting for my period and I thought it is finally going away! Then, I got cramps and a regular period in March. I just got my period this month (April 2016) and was brought to tears by the cramps last night. I refuse to get on a scale, but have definitely gained weight in my stomach since the procedure, as I've had to buy new pants. If we didn't have a high insurance deductible, I would be insisting on a hysterectomy. Crazy that I still have to deal with bleeding and debilitating cramps at 52 years old.

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