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Has anyone had Laparoscopy for Endometriosis?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2006
  • 09:53 PM

I am scheduled to have laparoscopic surgery on Nov 9th to diagnose endomitriosis. I am trying to research on the web and there are not many sites with info that is not filled with medical jargon. Has any one had this surgery? Any experiences would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • I had this done about 12 years ago in South Africa - so I'm not sure how things have changed now. :o) Back then, they made an incision by my belly button to insert the camera. They found endometriosis on my ovaries and made another incision in the lower belly region. They cauterized the endometriosis and inserted a drain in that lower incision.The worst part was removing the drain - that was ***n sore! As for scarring - I still have the scar by my belly button, but it's minor. The other one isn't even visible unless you're really looking for it.No operation is pleasant...there will be some pain - but don't be afraid...think positive. If you have it and they find it, they can do something about it...:o)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Yes, I had this surgery done. I got my lap in August of this year. It wasn't too bad. I went to the hopital at the crack of dawn. I put on their gown and what nots, and the nurses poked and prodded a bit. My anasetiologist and my RE came in and talked to me b4 the lap. My nurse and anasetiologist rolled me down to the OR. I told them I was nervous on the way and so they gave me some meds in my IV b4 we made it to the OR. I was happy after that. I kind of remember crawling from the bed they wheeled me down there in onto the surgery table. The surgery table was soft and comfy. It had big things to prop my legs up in, and I remember the nurses strapping my arms down. They said it was so they didn't fall of the narrow table. I had a warming blanket put over me. The next thing I remember was kind of waking up. I thought I was at home and had just gotten a really good sleep. I was shocked when I woke up in the recovery room. My drs had given me lots of meds so I didn't throw up after the surgery as the lap can cause that. The recovery nurses gave me more pain meds and antivomiting meds as well. I actually felt pretty good after that. The ride home was awful as I just wanted to sleep and puke. A word of warning...bring something to throw up in for the drive home. For some reason being upright will make you sick. When you are laying flat you will feel fine. Also bring a pillow for the drive home. You will want it for your belly.The first day wasn't all that bad. I slept mostly, and I vagualy remember watching the dvd my dr had given me of my surgery. Yes, I got a dvd of him removing my endo. lol.Plan to take a whole week off of work if you do work. I made my dh stay home with me and take care of me. I really could not do too much for at least a week and a half after the surgery. My dr did have to do stuff to my bowels, and I am guessing that made my recovery worse. If you do not have endo then your recovery may be quicker. Less work = less pain. I am really happy that I got my lap done. My dr said I have severe endo, and it is a blessing that I was able to get it all removed. I am just praying this nasty stuff stays away for as long as possible.HTH.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2006
    • 04:57 AM
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  • I had this done last Sept, it was quick and generally painless.I had some pain stomach pain following the operation but these subsided within a few days. I bleed quite a bit but again that subsided within a few days.They went in in 2 places, just above my belly button and inside the belly button. I have very tiny tiny scars, you can't even see them! The stitches dissovled themselves. I had a week off work but felt better the day after the op!It's nothing to worry about at all!I hope this helps ease any worry for you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2006
    • 04:22 PM
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  • My third Lapros was in September this year. The other posts are right in that it takes a week off work ideally. The scars are mini, and cleverly designed to fit in with your bikini line. The day of the op wear a loose dress to hospital - your tummy will be tender afterwards and tracksuit or trousers will be uncomfy. Make sure your bed at home is ready before you leave for hospital - clean sheets, good magazine, water, telephone - when you come home you will just want to sleep. Gel plasters are quite nice to put on the scar area and keep protected for 7-10 days. The surgeon will talk to you after the op, when you are still muddled, and tell you what they found. They don't always find the endo - it can hide. Your cycle will be confused for a few months after this, when your follow up appointment will take place. You should at least be pain free for this time. If they solved the problem you are free forever! Research the net for a local support group to join - you will learn more from this than from any specialist, and also glean more from meeting people rather than on webchats. There are loads of other symptoms that you will be suffering from and not realise that they are all linked to Endo. Diet is a hugely relieves the symptoms - plenty of fruit/red berries - avoid citrus. Avoid aspartame and caffeine. Be positive. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 07:23 AM
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  • Thank you all for sharing your experiences. Your responses were very helpful.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 03:18 AM
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