The recovery process will vary depending upon the type of ablation performed and the type of anesthesia that was administered.
If you received spinal, epidural or general anesthesia, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged to your home. If this procedure was performed on an outpatient basis, you should plan to have another person drive you home.
If you did not receive anesthesia, you will need to rest for about two hours before going home.
You may want to wear a sanitary pad for bleeding. It is normal to have vaginal bleeding for a few days after the procedure. You may also have a watery-bloody discharge for several weeks.
You may experience strong cramping, nausea, vomiting, and/or the need to urinate frequently for the first few days after the procedure. Cramping may continue for a longer time.
You may be instructed not to douche, use tampons, or have intercourse for two to three days after an endometrial ablation, or for the period of time recommended by your physician.
You may also have other restrictions on your activity, including no strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
You may resume your normal diet unless your physician advises you differently.
Take a pain reliever for cramping or soreness as recommended by your physician. Aspirin or certain other pain medications may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medications.
Your physician will advise you on when to return for further treatment or care.
Notify your physician if you have any of the following:
- Foul-smelling drainage from your vagina
- Fever and/or chills
- Severe abdominal pain
- Excessive bleeding, or heavy bleeding longer than two days after the procedure
- Difficulty urinating
Your physician may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.