Patient Comments: Endometrial Ablation - Side Effects

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

Comment from: LaLa, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had NovaSure done on May 20th. The recovery period was relatively simple; minor cramping that went away overnight. However, since the surgery I've experienced headaches, lower back aches, a mild pain on my upper left arm, nausea and stomach aches, and a light pink, smelly, watery discharge. And on day 13, all of sudden I had a mild case of diarrhea and a urinary tract infection which resulted in frequent bathroom visits. Thank goodness I had some Azo pills handy. I'm hoping that I made the right decision but based on what I've read so far, I'm uncertain.

Comment from: Nikki, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had my endometrial ablation surgery yesterday via spinal block and local anesthetic. I am spotting today, and having slight back ache from spinal block entry, but overall feeling very well indeed. I am hoping this helps my periods as my womb lining was 17 mm thick and should be between 4 and 7 mm.

Comment from: jlc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had the endometrial ablation procedure a little over 2 weeks ago. I would suggest to anyone considering not going under general anesthesia for the procedure to reconsider. I could only tolerate 5 of the required 8 minutes of the procedure. I felt like my insides were being expanded at a very quick rate and were going to explode. I also felt very nauseated during the procedure. The procedure appears to be successful at this time, but I had a tremendous amount of edema. I wasn"t able to wear my watch or rings the first week and have gone up a full size in clothing from the waist down. Keeping my fingers crossed that the results will have been worth it.

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I am a 45 year old female. I had an endometrial ablation in May of 2013. Everything went well until three months ago. I have been having the worst menstrual cramps like no other. My periods are light but this month I am having a period twice. Very concerned. My pain is so bad, that I cannot function. Mentally the pain has drained me.

Comment from: DeeB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had endometrial ablation done yesterday and had some mild cramping and nausea last night. All I took was 12.5 mg of Phenergan for the nausea and 600 mg of Motrin for the cramps, although my doctor also sent me home with a prescription for Vicodin. By late in the evening I was perfectly fine. I"ve had a tiny bit of cramps a couple times today but nothing to even blink at. Discharge has been very light so far but was told it may increase somewhat for the next couple weeks and that it can last up to 6 weeks, though that is rare.

Comment from: jnjaunich, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I"ve had horrible, heavy periods throughout my life, and they kept getting worse after having my children. I had an endometrial ablation done almost 2 years ago. The first year after the procedure went great. I had very light, 3 day periods every 4 to 6 weeks. Now this year I"m experiencing spotting and periods that last almost 2 weeks, with a break of up to 20 days between periods (if I"m lucky). Lately my periods have been 14 days apart and my PMS got worse. I thought this procedure was going to help with the issues I was having with heavy bleeding and irregularity, but it"s proving to be a failure. I"m preparing to get a hysterectomy in the near future. Ladies, do your research and talk with your doctors before considering this option. It"s clearly not for everyone, and can be a waste of your time/money depending on the problems you experience. If you know you"re done having children and have problems with heavy, irregular periods you may want to consider just having a hysterectomy. I deeply regret having the ablation done.

Comment from: sbunting, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had an endometrial ablation a week ago and I feel great. I didn"t have any pain except for a few mild cramps which didn"t faze me since my monthly cramps were awful. The best thing I have ever decided to do. I woke up from surgery wondering if they really did the procedure and was released a half hour after I woke up. I only had to take Advil that evening and was out shopping the next day. I was a bit tired from the general anesthesia but feel great.

Comment from: Sweetie20002, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had my uterine endometrial ablation done on the 17th of April. I woke up from general anesthesia with the worst cramps of my life. It took different types of pain relievers to help me through the pain. I was released later that day from outpatient surgery. I slept the entire next day. I only had spotting for the first 2 days. Now I have noticed that I am basically having a light nonstop period continuously since. Today is now the 27th. I have not stopped bleeding and the pain is almost unbearable. I hope this will subside soon. I am having regrettable thoughts about this surgery.

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