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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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I felt nervous reading this - so I can understand your feelings a bit. While it is called a simple procedure I think that's just said to calm you down or because it may be routine - but whew! it's still scary, it's still surgery.

So now we need to see how you are doing for the 2 week check up - and then in a month and beyond.

Good of you to share this. No male doctor can ever know what this is like nor anyone woman unless she goes through it - so I thank you for telling us what to expect.

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks BkCreative for your sincere concern. I'll definetly keep you all up-to-date. You are right, no matter how simple or small a procedure may be, it's scary. I think for me, all the medicine that was administerd was the hardest part. I don't like to take a lot of medicine. Because the ones that are often administered can be so mind altering. And I for one, do not like feeling that I have no control over my mind or body. I was grateful though for a supportive medical team. They were really really nice, and they did all they could to keep me calm. I'll definitely let you know how things turn out.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent hub. Many woman in Indian especially in New Delhi are looking for this information. I wrote a hub on polycystic ovaries which is related to menses a few days back and thought that I can share over here if you give permission. Here is the link: http://hubpages.com/health/PCOS-and-tips-on-dealin...

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

No problem soni2006. I'll check it out myself as well. So everyone commenting, please check out soni2006's hub by clicking on his link above. Thanks soni2006!

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

I have linked this hub to my hub Veronica because I think people will find it really easy to get information if they will find them connected together. Lets connect and unite more information on other topics to make it really easy for our visitors.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

I am checking out your hubs now.

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, I'll connect your's to mine as well because that was information I had no idea about, and I think it will be great to share with others.

drqazi 7 years ago

plse let me know the names adresses and cell nos of gynaecologists who r performing novasure endometrial ablation procedure in new Delhi.thanx.

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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia Author

First, I want to thank you drqazi for stopping by and taking an interest in my personal story. Being that I'm not from New Delhi however, my sources of what Gynecologist that perform this procedure are very limited. I did however, search the web, and here is what I came up with - I'm not sure if this information is current or not, but this is the only gynecologist I found near New Dehli:

Dr Nirja Chawla, Gynae Endoscopy Centre

SCO 385, Sector 44 D

Chandigarh – 160047

Ph: 0172-2663871 email: drnirja@yahoo.com

If you want to ask someone from New Delhi, there is a hubber here that goes by the name Sonni2006 http://hubpages.com/@soni2006 he might be able to help you with this better than I can. I hope this helps somewhat.

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great info! I've never heard of this before, but I sure could have used this a few years ago.

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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Habee this procedure was a lifesaver. I'll be doing another update sometime soon, to let everyone know how things are going. Thanks for stopping by, you are one busy lady.

mskmb 2 years ago

I had the novasure ablation 3 years ago, I am now scheduled in 1 week for a full (BSO)oopherectomy Hysterectomy due to complications from this procedure which was working for 2 years. please see your doctor if you start spotting or double over in pain. this company should be liable to the lack of risk factors mentioned to your doctors

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Veronica Allen 2 years ago from Georgia Author

Dear mskmb, I am so sorry to hear that happened to you. I too had to have a full hysterectomy last year but it wasn't due to any complications of the above procedure. I appreciate you sharing this information with us. In the event this happens to others, they will know what to do about it. I wish you well.

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