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Hello everyone currently new here, I have recently found out I have stage 4/5 Endo, they found two 7 cm endometriomas on my ovaries. My Dr said I will need surgery, I am super nervous. Any tips or things I should be prepared for before and after surgery?

  1. Hi , I'm so glad that you have stopped by our community! And I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this stressful situation. Learning about an endo diagnosis and surgery at the same time is a tough combination. But you are not alone; so many of our community members have been through surgery and have great suggestions to help you through. I'll paste some links below.

    Do you have a date scheduled yet? And don't be afraid to ask your doctor ALL your questions. Please let us know how things are going. -Audrey (endometriosis.net team)
    https://endometriosis.net/diagnosis/laparoscopy-surgery-biopsy
    https://endometriosis.net/living/prepare-surgery
    https://endometriosis.net/living/laparoscopy-recovery

    1. Thank you so much, unfortunately my surgery got post poned due to having covid so my surgery is now this Thursday and I actually feel prepared and ready more than last month! Will update soon on recovery! (:

    2. Hey ! I am so happy to hear that you feel prepared and ready for this Thursday. That's great! I hope you feel all of the love and light we will be sending you this Thursday! You are a badass tough warrior and you got this. You have the entire community's support here sending you well wishes for a smooth surgery and recovery. When you're feeling up to it, please let us know how it went and how you are doing. 💛💛 Kayleigh, Endometriosis.net team

  2. Hi @lexarangel22,
    I've had several surgeries for endometriomas, so I know how nerve-wracking it can be! First, I want to wish you much luck on the surgery.

    For before surgery: I highly recommend listening to Meditations to Support Successful Surgery by Belleruth Naparstek. I helped me feel much less anxious about surgery. I've used it before each of my procedures.

    Some tips that were really helpful for me for after surgery was to walk as much as you can, even if it is between your bedroom and the bathroom. Move around and then rest. It helps the gas move (a side-effect of the surgery) and it also keeps you active as you heal. I even borrowed a walker from a friend! You can also rent them.

    I also got a grabber tool, which was a huge help for the first week of surgery when I was in bed a lot and needed to grab things around me without too much bending. I also got a body pillow, which allowed me to be propped up and have support under my arms while I was sleeping. I still use it all the time.

    I created a Meal Train so friends could bring by meals to help with the cooking, and I made several days worth of meals ahead of time and froze them so I could easily heat something up. I had some fatigue and dizziness after surgery, so this was a huge help.

    Finally, I created a relaxing song playlist I could listen to when resting, and chose some fun, uplifting shows to watch that kept me feeling positive.

    Please keep in touch and let us know how it goes!
    ~ Katrina

    1. Thank you so much for the tips this really does help and put me at ease. I have been having major anxiety especially finally having a set date, So i am definitely going to do these things, Thank you so much!!

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