Endometrial Ablation Recovery: Tips for a Smooth Healing Process

Are you worried about the recovery from endometrial ablation? Like every surgical procedure, there are some risks involved after the surgery. However, with proper strategies, most risks can be prevented or managed on time. Here are some tips to improve healing from the endometrial ablation procedure and signs when you should call a doctor. Schedule an appointment at Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center.

 

Tips for a smooth healing from endometrial ablation

After the endometrial ablation procedure, you can go home on the same day however, you need someone to take you back home because you are under the effect of anesthetics that are given to you during the treatment and medications that are used to reduce your pain and make you comfortable afterward.

 

Recovery can take around 1 to 2 weeks. During that time, you can experience certain symptoms, which is normal. Here are certain tips you can use for smooth healing after the procedure:

  1. Rest and recover:

Your body deserves rest to recover quickly and efficiently. So, you don’t need to work or take on other responsibilities for some days. Take some days off from your work. You may feel weak, foggy, and sore after your procedure which is normal. Many women return to their normal activities by the next day.

However, you should avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercises for a few days to allow your body to recover first. You can consider light activities like gentle walking (once in the morning and afternoon/evening). Don’t swim until your vaginal discharge has stopped.

 

  1. Manage discomfort:

You may experience some cramps in your abdomen, nausea, tiredness, or frequent urination during the day after the procedure which is normal. These signs and symptoms can last for 2 to 3 days because they occur when the ablation destroys the uterine lining.

To relieve these symptoms, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers as prescribed by your doctor. Otherwise, you can also take simple pain relief medications like paracetamol or ibuprofen to manage discomfort. Some painkillers that contain codeine or dihydrocodeine can make you sleepy, slightly sick, and constipated. So, if you take these medications, try to eat extra fruit that contains fiber to reduce the risk of constipation. You can also use heating pads or warm baths to get some relief.

 

  1. Vaginal discharge:

You may experience some vaginal discharge for a few weeks after the operation, which can be watery to bloody. This is usually like a light period where bleeding will lessen with time and may darken in color. This discharge can last for 3 to 4 weeks.

During this period, you should use sanitary towels/pads/napkins rather than tampons because tampons can increase the risk of infection.

 

  1. Avoid intercourse:

Avoid any type of sexual activity which includes sexual intercourse, sexual play, or douching, because your uterus needs time to heal. Until your vaginal discharge stops and your gynecologist clears that the uterus is healed, completely avoid sexual activities.

 

  1. Be careful with pregnancy:

Pregnancy after endometrial ablation is rare but is still possible because your ovaries still release eggs each month, so unless you use birth control you can still get pregnant. However, pregnancy after endometrial ablation is dangerous because once your uterine lining is destroyed, pregnancy can end in miscarriage. After all, the baby won’t get enough space to nourish it. It also causes serious complications for you. That’s why the doctor recommends a tubal ligation (surgery to tie your tubes together) along with endometrial ablation if your partner doesn’t have a vasectomy or use a form of birth control until you cross menopause.

 

  1. Follow-up care:

You should attend your scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and discuss your concerns and questions with your healthcare provider. It also helps you to know how much your uterus has recovered.

 

When do you see a doctor?

While some signs like discomfort, tiredness, vaginal discharge, and spotting, are normal after the procedure. However, if these signs last longer than 2 weeks or get along with any of these symptoms, then you should see a doctor immediately. It includes:

  • Increased pain or swelling even after several days.
  • Trouble passing gas or stool.
  • Difficulty in drinking fluids.
  • Trouble urinating.
  • Feeling sick to your stomach.
  • Change in the vaginal discharge in color or smell.
  • Bleeding doesn’t get less even after 2 to 3 days of the procedure.
  • Large clots in the vaginal discharge.
  • Signs of blood clot in your leg like pain or swelling in the leg.
  • Persistent abdominal pain after normal cramps.

 

Endometrial ablation recovery can take 2 to 3 weeks to heal your uterus completely. During this period, you may experience signs like pain, soreness, discomfort, heavy bleeding for the first few days, vaginal discharge, and tiredness, which is normal. Some of these signs are manageable with over-the-counter medications. You can do some work the next day after the procedure, however, avoid heavy or strenuous work until you heal fully. You don’t need to make any changes to your diet. If you experience any of the above-mentioned signs, you should visit your doctor immediately.

 

If you want to learn more about endometrial ablation or need help with heavy periods, visit our gynecology clinic in Brooklyn to get professional medical help. Call at -___________________ to book your appointment now! At Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center, we have the best GYN doctor in Brooklyn, and we provide women with quality health care services. To schedule an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call us on 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at http://www.gynecologistbrooklyn.com/.