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Laparoscopy Help

Hi everyone. I'm new to this site - and the world of endometriosis. I've had a terrible period (10 days long, super plus) and severe pelvic pain for about eight years.

It looks like I may be getting on a list for a laparoscopy to confirm an endometriosis diagnosis. I'm a little nervous and would appreciate any information first-hand information. I've researched it and discussed with my doctor, so I know the technical overview but would still like to chat through it first-hand. One doctor mentioned there could be issues with fertility. Also, what's the recovery process like? Thanks x

  1. Hi there @erinbee. Welcome to the community! We hate you are possibly dealing with endometriosis, but know we are all here for you! Getting surgery done is surely the next best step. And we hope you can receive the confirmation you are looking for and also some relief as well!

    We are glad your doctor did go over the basics of surgery, but definitely can understand being nervous. I was the same way for my first one! I am not a doctor, but, for the most part, I have heard surgery can actually help increase infertility. Just due to the fact sometimes during surgery they are freeing up blocked tubes, cleaning off ovaries, etc. But, I am sure like with anything, I guess it could be possible, if there are any complications.

    Recovery process is so different for everyone. Some feel better in a few days. Others it takes the full two weeks and sometimes it takes longer. It took me a good two weeks to fully feel better. The most important thing to remember is to move around each day, gently. What really hurt the most was the gas they pump into you during the surgery. That is why it is so important to move around every day to help move it out of your body! I am attaching a few articles I think you may find helpful. But do reach out with any more questions. We are here for you every step of the way <3

    https://endometriosis.net/clinical/after-laparoscopy/
    https://endometriosis.net/living/laparoscopy-recovery/
    https://endometriosis.net/clinical/recovery-laparoscopy/
    https://endometriosis.net/living/recovering-laparoscopy/

    -Kimberli (Team Member)

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