Hello! I'm having my first laparoscopy surgery this week. My doctor suspects endometriosis. I've done a lot of research, but I'm just curious if anyone has any advice or helpful tips to get me through recovery. Thanks in advance!
I just had my surgery 2 weeks ago on Wednesday. Had a large Endomitrioma on Left Ovary and they suspected endo and found it all over bladder and bowels. They cauterized as much as they could, but my doc is referring me to specialist for further treatment and diagnosis.
I didn't find the pain in my abdomen so bad as the meds they gave me really helped (morphine) the most pain was in my shoulders from the gas they use to bloat out your stomach to see everything better. I used a hot water bottle/heating pad on my shoulders as I found that helped.
Take a couple weeks to get back to normal. I went back to my desk job after 1.5 weeks and now I am slowly getting back into my serving job. You will feel some pulling on the incision they will likely put in your belly-button. Kind of a weird feeling, but it's common.
Best of luck and if you have any other questions I hope I can help.
Some tips I would suggest are the following, also since you haven't mentioned your age or if you have children disregard what doesn't apply to you;
-Make sure you have ride there and back
-Sometimes when Endo is extensive (Deep infiltrating) you might have to stay the night but usually its in/out surgery
-Make sure if you are at home that you have prepared meals made if you live on your own, if you live with your parents you should be good.
-If you have children make sure someone can watch them at least for a week so you can rest
-Make sure you bring a pillow for the ride home as you will go over some bumps and it might hurt this way it protects the incisions.
-Bring some mints for after surgery as sometimes your mouth gets pasty from the anesthetic
-Have lots of magazines and books, DVDs ready because you will be in bed for at least a week with minimal movement
-Prepare for gas pain during the first week. You will feel shoulder pain or chest pain this is just the gas from the surgery they use to blow up your stomach so they can see inside.
-Ginger tea helps with nausea you might feel with the pain meds they give you or just in general
-Stool softeners are good to use the first week as the meds cause constipation.
-Make sure you rest even if you feel better because you are still healing on the inside so don't over exert yourself.
-Make sure there is no oozing of fluids out of your incisions. Usually by the end of the first week the tape they put over the incisions start to fall off and that is fine.
-I would say body wash if you can and don't get the incisions that wet the first week.Face the wall not the shower head if you are going to shower and minimal water if you are bathing. You want to make sure the incisions heal. The one that takes longer is usually the one through the belly button but they do heal up faster (I think I have my incisions posted in my pics, you can see what you will look like when you come out)
-REST REST REST
-You should start to feel better by the second week, by the 3rd a lot better and by the 4th usually great.
-You will probably be given Lupron or something to suppress the Endo but I need to be straight forward when it comes to meds for this disease NOTHING suppress the Endo so its best to try a continuous BCP first to see if that stops your periods completely. I didn't have a period in 7 yrs and I never cramped. So it worked for me. Don't settle for what they push because the side effects do more harm then good. most surgeons really don't understand this because they are uneducated but I want you to educate yourself on the meds before you go on them. Everyones bodies are different.
-Make sure not to stress about the surgery, you will be in and out before you know it :)
My first surgery was expectantly 5 hours long when it should have been 2. I had deep implants and I was covered everywhere (stage IV) I also had a presacral neurectomy done where they sever the nerves from your uterus to the spine. The recovery time was a lot longer then my second surgery. I started to feel better after 2 weeks for this one.
The second one I was really surprised that I wasnt in more pain and my the 4th day I was ready to go back to work. However there were some things that were not done as the surgeon was not capable of doing them without an open surgery so she left it.
So being that it is your first surgery I would prepare for at least 2 weeks of doing nothing to be on the safe side.
Wow! Thank you both so much for your quick and great responses. I guess I didn't give much info (whoops!) But for the record, I'm 21 with no children. I will be sure to keep the information you've provided in mind. I am nervous, but anxious to get answers and pain relief.
Ticked - I'm curious about your presacral neurectomy. Did you have a lot of back pain associated with the endo? Or what was the reason for this procedure?
Presacral Neurectomy is the surgical removal of the presacral plexus – the group of nerves that conducts the pain signal from the uterus to the brain. Indicated for the treatment of central pelvic pain including severe dysmennorrhea
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