Bloating/weight gain after ablation? UPDATE!

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Posted 8/1/2011 by pretzels in NSBR Board

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Posted: 8/1/2011 7:10:15 AM

I had it done this morning. OMG. It was totally and completely NOTHING. I was scheduled for the procedure at 11:15 a.m., but I was out of the office and in my DH's truck by 11:06! Once they took me back for pre-op and anesthesia, I lost track of time, but really, it was NOTHING.

I was cramping some once I got home, but I took some Motrin and I feel GREAT. I even cooked supper tonight, and plan on getting up at my usual 4:15 a.m. to run tomorrow. There is a little bleeding, but it's not a big deal at all. I am a tiny bit bloated, but again, it's not really anything crazy.

If you're on the fence about this, get off! If it does even a third of what my GYN says it will, then it is WELL WORTH IT!

I have an ablation scheduled for Wednesday, the Novasure procedure.

I was reading some archived posts last night from here and a few mentioned weight gain/bloating as a side effect. So then I did some Googling, and now I am freaked out.

My cycles are getting shorter and bloodier. But I do NOT want to gain any weight. In the past 10 months, I have lost 60 pounds and I feel better than I have IN YEARS. I do not want to gain weight. I run 50+ miles a week, work out with a personal trainer twice a week, and eat a vegetarian diet.

I understand there's some bloating that lasts a week or so after the procedure, but then it goes away, right? I can deal with that. It's the "I gained 5-10 pounds in my stomach that I cannot get rid of" that I will not tolerate.

I have my pre-op appointment this morning, and I'm going to ask my GYN about this. Right now, if weight gain is a possibility, then that may be a deal-breaker to me.

Can anyone address this?


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Posted: 8/1/2011 7:37:17 AM
I don't think it is a "cause and effect" situation. Most women who have an ablation done are past their child-bearing years, so the woman might be pre-menopausal, peri-menopausal, or menopausal.

I think the weight gain or soft abdomen might be more due to that than the procedure.

I thought the posters were referring to a temporary bloating or water retention post procedure and it went away after a week or two.

That is due to the healing process.

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Posted: 8/1/2011 7:46:48 AM
Thanks. I understand that there will be some post-op bloating/water retention and I'm OK with that. But I read some things on some forums where women were attributing a 30-pound weight gain to their ablation. It was more than one woman, so I kind of freaked.

I'm 39, so not there quite yet. Hopefully if I stick with my exercise/eating plan (which I am), I'll be OK.

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Posted: 8/1/2011 7:51:24 AM
I agree -- those are probably people entering menopause. That's a common cause of the heavy bleeding.

I didn't have any bloating or weight gain at all. I lost weight after the procedure. I felt so much better and more energetic after I got my anemia under control.

Weight gain was definitely NOT one of the side effects for me.


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Posted: 8/1/2011 9:05:47 AM
I had the Novsasure procedure last Thursday (7/28) and have not noticed any bloating, although I was prepared for it.

I did notice some water retention the first afternoon, I assumed from the bags of saline in the IV. I was gauging this by how much I could or couldn't wrap my thumb & index finger of one hand around the wrist of the other hand, lol.

By Friday afternoon everything was back to normal. Of course I had to pee 99,000 times from all the fluids, lol, so I'm sure that helped.

Based on how you describe your lifestyle I don't suspect you will have any weight gain issues.

Good luck!


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Posted: 8/1/2011 9:09:58 AM
Had this done at the beginning of June. Other than the first day, I did not notice bloating. No weight gain either =) I googled this before I went in and was worried about other things, dryness etc. but dr. said typical women that are getting this are at the age of changes anyway. (no dryness either )



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Posted: 8/1/2011 9:32:12 AM
I had it done last November and did not have any bloating or weight gain. Don't worry! You will be glad you did it!

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Posted: 8/1/2011 10:19:28 AM
Thanks to everyone! I talked to my doctor about it this morning, and he told me the exact same things y'all have. He said that if there are 100 women complaining about the weight gain, he would guess 20 of them aren't living a healthy lifestyle, and the other 80 are pre-menopausal/menopausal. He said as long as I continue with my current level of exercise and eating plan, I will be fine.

I am so looking forward to this on Wednesday! Is that weird, to be looking forward to surgery lol?
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