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Is your lap diagnostic only or will they operate if they find what they are looking for? What are they looking for? Endometriosis? If so and they find it do they plan to remove it at the same time?
If it’s just diagnostic or if they do very little actual operating inside of you, the recovery should be quick and easy. If they find issues and have to do major cutting, the recovery will be longer and more painful, in my experience.
I’ve had two lap’s, the first for diagnosis and removal of Endometriosis for pain relief, and the second after 12 months of unsuccessful TTC, for removal of suspected reoccurence of Endometriosis (during which my surgeon did the equivalant of an HSG, to check to see if my tubes were open since he was in there and my goal was successful TTC, not pain relief, though that would be welcome too). My first lap was no big deal. Mild pain afterwards, mostly around my incisions, and I felt fine in 3-4 days. The surgery was on a Friday and I went back to work Monday. I was diagnosed with mild Endo during this lap and they removed what Endo they found (ovary, peritonium, pelvic sidewall. with lots of adhesions).
During my second lap they found very severe Endo, and removed a lot of it (and found my tubes to be fully open). The recovery on my second lap was harsh. It took over a week to not be in excruciating pain, and over 2 weeks to feel okay. They removed Endometriosis from my ovaries, uterus, peritoneum, pelvic sidewall, pelvic ligaments, bladder, kidneys and both ureters (which were fully encased, with huge amounts of adhesions). Pretty much the only place I didn’t have it was my tubes. I had more Endometriosis lower in my pelvis but they couldn’t get it all in one surgery due to loss of vison duriong the operation from how much Endo they had removed. I’m scheduled for another lap next month (after 6 months of temporary medically induced menopause to allow me to heal before my next lap, and to limit regrowth of the disease while I did so). I found urinating and bowel movements especially painful after this lap, and almost all of my pain was internal. Incision pain didn’t even register comparatively. This makes sense based on where they removed the Endo from, specifically the amount of it in my urinary system (which is quite rare btw).
I’m not saying this to scare you, just to share my experience and give you a full idea of how the surgery experiences can vary based on what is done during the surgery. Endo like mine is very rare, and most likely your lap will be a breeze. If you have any specific questions about what to expect or how to prepare for your lap, feel free to ask. Good luck! I wish you quick recovery and equally quick TTC success:)