Re: Removal of Mirena IUD via D&C
I had mine removed via D&C about two months ago. It wasn't bad at all. The procedure lasted about an hour, and I was out of the hospital another hour or two later. I was moving around a bit gingerly the rest of the day, but by the next morning I was completely fine. They gave me a prescription for pretty heavy duty painkillers (percocet and toradol), but I never filled the prescription. Once the meds they gave me in the hospital wore off, I never needed to take anything else.
The most pain I had was that my back was sore for a few days from the bruising where they inserted the needle to administer the spinal anesthetic. I chose the spinal over a general anesthetic, and I think that's partly why I felt completely normal so quickly after the surgery.
I never had the "mirena crash" that others on here have discussed, but then I didn't really have hormonal problems with the IUD in the first place - the problem was that my uterus had grown scar tissue over the tips of the mirena so that it couldn't be removed the normal way. The surgeon used a scope to examine the uterus and remove the tissue that was holding the mirena in place.
My period came right on time 8 days after the surgery (lighter than normal, because they had removed some of the lining during the D&C) and my next period was just a few days late, 31 days instead of the usual 27.
I've lost 20 lbs since the mirena came out. I told my surgeon this at the follow-up appointment, and she wasn't surprised at all, just said "Yes, that's the hormones".