Hello there, I had to have mine removed by outpatient operation because the strings drew up into my uterus and it could not be pulled out the conventionl way. They also said it could be embedded before i had the procedure done...they put me to sleep and I woke up and was told "everything's great!" and that was it. I still (2 weeks) later have not had any cramping nor bleeding-very weird, I think, but my side effects are gone-so it was def. removed. It was a piece of cake. I hope all goes well for you-Congrats on getting that nightmare removed!