Although endometrial ablation comes in several different forms, the way you feel after the operation will be the same. It takes a little time to recover from surgery, but you should soon be able to go back to your normal routine.
Waking Up After the Anaesthetic
It is sometimes possible to go home the same day as the procedure, but you may need to stay in overnight to recover. You will need to rest for at least a few hours after the procedure, particularly if you have had a general anaesthetic.Having a general anaesthetic can be slightly disorientating as it is a much deeper sleep than your usual night’s rest. You will be offered a drink and something to eat after you wake up, which should help you to recover. However, it can take up to 24 hours for the effects of the anaesthetic to wear off completely, so you will need to take some time off to recover. You might feel a bit sleepier than usual and you won’t be able to drive for at least a day.
Recovering at Home
Even if you have only had a local anaesthetic, you should take plenty of time to rest after the endometrial ablation. You will probably feel a bit sore and tired for the first few days. Your body is working hard to heal itself, which uses up a lot of extra energy.
Some bleeding is normal after endometrial ablation. It should be a bit like having a light period and you may feel some cramps during the first day or two. As the bleeding slows down, you may notice a thicker, darker discharge. This can continue for up to three or four weeks. You should use sanitary pads until the discharge stops. Avoid using tampons as these can put you at risk of infection. If you experience very heavy bleeding or you have any other concerns, you can always consult your doctor.