(Closed) Having my laparoscopy next week!

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No advice really, just LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of good luck & happy thoughts for you!  I hope you have a smooth procedure, a quick recovery, and a bundle of joy in the near-ish future 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@texasbee:  I’ve had 2 laparoscopies. One in my early 20s to remove an ovarian cyst. And one last year (late 30s) to remove a fluid filled fallopian tube. I also have endometriosis.

My only advice is to take that recovery time with a grain of salt. My doctor also told me I only needed a couple of days off. I took way more than a couple of days. Its really painful for a while. Things like driving and walking around are painful. Make sure you have lots of loose clothes to wear. For about a month I wore dresses because I couldn’t stand anything around my waist – not pants, jeans, tights, or even skirts.

Good luck! PM if you want.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@texasbee:  I had a cyst on my ovary.Ovarian cysts are most often normal and can go away by themselves. I had painful periods because of it. Very common in 30’s. The laparoscopic surgery  is nothing to worry about x All the best x

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just had mine done in August for endometriosis, and it really is not bad at all. Like a PP said dresses, dresses, dresses. I could not wear anything else bc my stomach was so bloated! Make sure you have plenty of soup and mashed potatoes around to eat bc your throat will be sore from the breathing tube. Start taking stool softeners NOW! trust me…..I pretty much took my pain meds and slept about three days straight afterwards. Good luck and let me know if you have any specific questions!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Also, my anesthesiologist put this little round band-aid thing behind my ear to help curb nausea. She had me leave it on for a few days afterwards and it worked like a charm! I’m very sensitive to medication and the ONLY time I felt sick was in the car on the way home, and it passed really quickly. P.S. start practicing rollng out of bed now without using your stomach muscles bc wow does that hurt! I DREADED having to use the bathroom bc it was insanely difficult to stand up.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a laparoscopy last month to check for endo (they were pretty positive it was but it turned out to be a problem with my appendix).

The worst thing about the recovery is the pain from the gas they put in your abdomen. If you stand or sit up, the remaining trapped gas rises and causes pain in your shoulders and neck which is very uncomfortable. The best thing is to just lay flat on the couch/bed as much as possible and use heating pads. I found the heat helped to dissipate the gas pain.

I wasn’t able to wear dresses because I live in Canada and it’s the middle of winter so I wore lots of yoga pants and wore them low so the waistband didn’t rub the incisions (which are very small).

I needed a full week before I was fully walking around again. The first few days are sore. It’s tricky getting up from bed or walking to the washroom where your abdominal muscles are pretty much zilch. It recovers really well though.

Besides the gas pain the only other thing that really affected me was nausea. I took gravol a few times a day to help with that and after 2 or 3 days I was fine. Also, after 2 or 3 days the gas pain wears off so maybe that’s what caused the nausea.

Best of luck! Make sure you have lots of books and bottles of water (Etc) around the couch so you won’t have to walk too much while you’re recovering the first few days. I hope everything goes well!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@texasbee:  I actually just had a lapro one week ago, and I live in Texas, although if I remember correctly you are somewhere in East Texas or DFW, and I live in Houston. 

Anyway, in regards to your OP, I get why you are excited to have them look inside and figure things out.  I thought I had one painful cyst, which was the primary reason for my lapro, but it turned out I had three cysts (one on my uterus and two on my overies) and stage four endometriosis.  Even though I’m not excited that I have those issues, it is nice to kind of know what is going on in there.

As far as the recovery goes, this has been super easy for me.  I have had minimal to no pain, although for the first few days I was taking pain medication, so that probably helped.  I was instructed to take a week off of work, and I’m glad that I did because I wouldn’t want to rush anything. 

As someone said above, the gas was the most painful part for me.  I guess the gas or air they have to put in you while looking around can get trapped for a few days, and that made it difficult for me to breathe when laying in certain positions.

If you have any more questions, feel free to message me! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

So I have had 2 done to remove large endometriomas on my ovaries. My most recent was in October. First, I needed WAY more than a few days to recover. ( I’m a nurse though so my job is a lot tougher on the body then a desk job) but my first one I took of 10 days total ( my doctor gave me 7 but my schedule allowed me 10) and I need about 7 full days for sure. My second one was more painful and took about 12 days off.  I think it may not bee too bad a recovery if they are just looking inside of you and close you up, but since mine was scrapping endometriosis and cysts maybe thats why its more painful?

 

So my tips..

-You will have to do a bowel prep before surgery. It is really important to get all the stool out. My first surgery I did mag citrate, and OTC and it worked just fine, I could eat up until dinner the night before. My second surgery, new Doctor wanted me to do go-lytly and be on clear liquids 2 days before surgery. If they want you to do that PLEASE say no it was absolutely miserable- a gallon that you have to drink super fast of the nastiest stuff ever. After 1 cup and almost puking I went and bought mag citrate myself and did that and it worked well. But if you do mag citrate id recommend eating like the day of.

– the “gas pain” is a commom complaint. They blow your stomach up with air to be able to see everything so youll be super bloated after. 1 surgery I didnt have the deep shoulder pain the second I did. OUCH. moving and walking is the best thing, a heating pad helped too.  

-Take your pain meds round the clock your first few days. You really need someone there the first couple days to help you because it is really difficult getting out of bed. You never realize how often you use you abdominal muscles for things. laughing, moving , sitting up. 

-TMI but having a BM is pretty difficult because pain meds are constipating and you can’t exactly strain because your stomach hurts. I never took stool softeners but it may be a good idea. I got really constipated the second time around which added to the discomfort.

– your going to bleed the first few days at least. Have some pads because the ones they give you from the hospital are super bulky and uncomfortable

– dress really comfortable with loose clothing day off and pretty much the first few days

-Not sure if they are already planning on doing this, maybe you have already had it checked but I had my doctor add on a prodecure to check my tubes during surgery also to make sure there were no blockages.

-They are going to make you sign a consent saying basically if they find something and cant remove it laporscopically that they can do a laporotomy (c- section like incision) I had a friend at work that happened too. I also had to sign saying they could remove my ovaries if needed. Never happened but scary not knowing until you wake up what happened.  

– Ask the anesthesiologist to give you versed or something right before transfering you to the OR. My first one did, much scarier getting into the OR and getting strapped down when you are fully alert and aware than having a good buzz and already falling asleep before getting in there.

 

Thats all I can really think of for now. Best of luck!!! I know a lot of girls get BFP’s after a lap. I haven’t gotten mine yet but trying to keep the hope up. Let me know if you have any more questions! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I will echo some of the ladies above. I had a lap done last March due to an ectopic, and ended up having to take a full week off work. Aside from being sore around the incision for a few days, the gas that gets trapped is probably the worst. I was told to take gas-x, drink lots of water, and get up and walk around if I could and it felt better within a day or two. Lots of luck to you, it will be just fine and hopefully this well be your lucky year! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

Good luck!!!! I have been wondering about you, lady!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mrs.stormylove:   This is all great advice.

I had one many years ago for a cyst.

The gas pain is definitely the worst part about the whole thing.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Had one last March to remove a large cyst.  Completely agree with the ladies above.  The gas pain was the worst of it, and though I wasn’t feeling my 100% self, I went back to work after 2 days.  I was also super constipated after the surgery.  Super consitpated. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@BOGB:  Wow, really?  I was in recovery at the hospital for 48 hours.  

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Goodluck!

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