Uterine Balloon Therapy - Hope For Women With Excessive Menstrual Bleeding - My Personal Journey Part 3 (Surgery Day)
September 11th, 2009
Well, today is surgery day! Needless to say I'm a little apprehensive. Since my surgery begins at 9:15 a.m., it's imperative that I arrive an hour early to be prepped for this 90 minute procedure.
I arrive as asked; with prescriptions in hand, husband, children, and mother in tow, awaiting for the moment that may change my life forever.
I'm sitting in the doctor''s office at 8:10 exactly and at 8:15 on the dot I'm escorted to the back to begin the prepping procedures.
1.) I'm asked after my well-being, and given a run down as to what is to be expected.
2.) My weight, blood pressure, and pulse rate are taken.
3.) I'm given a consent form to sign detailing all the risk that are involved in this procedure (which some actually scare the hee-bee, gee-bees out of me - i.e. paralysis, brain damage, extreme blood loss, heart failure, etc. I begin to wonder how such a simple procedure has the potential to cause such severe side effects, but I pray and sign away).
4.) Medication for pain and anxiety are administered.
* Immediately upon taking the pills however, I begin to feel light headed and dizzy, my hands start to shake and my heart starts to pound as if I'm going to have an anxiety attack. My kids are the first thought that runs through my head. I wonder if I'll make it though to see them again.
In a panic, I ask the nurse practitioner if the medicine is supposed to work that fast. She assures me that it hasn't even gotten a chance to dissolve, and informs me that it's just my nerves. "Calm down, take a couple of deep breaths" - she tells me. "Don't hold your breath, if you do you'll faint - Don't worry honey, every-things going to be just fine." - she concluded.
5.) While my mother is being called to wait with me, I'm told to give a urine sample (for a pregnancy test) and to insert the prescribed suppository. Now this suppository is not one to aid in defecation, this suppository's purpose is to relax the muscles around the pelvis area.
6.) I'm taken to a room specifically designed for this procedure. The atmosphere is very calming, soft music from jazz to soft rock is being played.
7.) Once I'm settled in, the nurse practitioner administers a pain medication via a shot in my hip (which happens to burn like heck). I'm told to lay back and relax, until it's time for the procedure.
8.) Fifteen minutes before the procedure begins, my obgyn enters the room and request if I have any questions or concerns about the procedure. "Two", I say. "Will this effect my husband's and my sexual activities, and will I be able to pick up my toddler and hold her?"
"This in no way will effect any of your normal daily activities, you will however need to take it easy for a day or two" - he replies. He then informs me that he'll be back in thirty minutes to begin (this allowed the medications to take their desired effect).
9.) Thirty minutes later, my mother is asked to leave the room, and the procedure begins. This is what took place with the aid of two (one to hand him the necessary tools, the other to hold my hand, comfort me, and instruct me on how and when to breathe) nurse practitioners:
a.) a probe; that was connected to a monitor; was inserted into my cervix to give my doctor a visual aid as he performed the procedure
b.) my vagina and cervix was flushed with a sterilization water solution
c.) a local anesthetic was injected around my cervix to provide a thorough block (which burned and pinched little)
d.) in 90 minutes time, with the use of a heated balloon, my uterine wall was removed (contrary to how I thought it would feel - instead of feeling heat - I felt immense pressure
10.) 90 minutes later, the whole procedure was complete.
11.) After putting on my undergarments, with the help of the nurse practitioner, I was escorted to another room to be carefully watched (accompanied with my mother, husband and children).
12.) Both the doctors and the nurse practitioners checked on me several times to see how I was recovering. Other than extreme grogginess, I had came through with flying colors.
13.) A follow up appointment was made for me to be seen the following week.
14.) With the help of the nurse practitioner, I was escorted to my car and driven home by my husband.
In conclusion, although the actual surgery took about 90 minutes, the entire process took about two hours (the prep, and the observation). Once I arrived home, I slept the whole day away due to the fact that the pain medicine makes you extremely drowsy.
So far my bleeding has been at a minimum, and I'm doing much better than I expected. As far as I can tell, this procedure was very much worth the effort. Only time will tell just how effective it will be for me.
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