Laporoscopy surgery for Endometriosis on Friday

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have any advice, but I wish you luck!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had the same procedure a few months ago. My GYN was pretty positive it was endo and planned to remove any lesions he found. I had similar symptoms as you as well as some others. Once he was inside, he found that it was not be endo, but chronic appendicitis instead with my appendix being adhered to my abdomen.I ended up having a second laporoscopy to remove my appendix a month later.

Regardless, it was the same procedure so my advice is to stay laying down on your bed or the couch for the first two days. They put gas in your belly to expand it during surgery so afterwards there is still some trapped gas that takes a few days to fully go away. When you sit up or stand the gas rises to your shoulders and is really uncomfortable. That was the worse part about recovery. If you stay laying down as much as possible it is more comfortable. Also a heating pad or hot water bottle helps the gas absorb quicker. I had one constantly on my neck or back and it helped SO much.

It was really sore walking around the first two days, but after that I started feeling better very quickly. Just make sure to not lift anything very heavy because it can strain your sutures even if you don’t think it’s that heavy.  🙂

Best of luck!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had a lap last year for different reasons, but I second what PP said about the trapped gas being the worst part. My doctor actually told me to get up and walk around as much as possible, to drink lots of water, and to take gas-x. All of the above helped and I only had pain from the trapped gas for about a day. Your belly will be a little sore too, but nothing that some ibuprofen won’t help. GL hun!!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I just had a lap procedure done 2 weeks ago to remove my ovary that had endometrial cysts on it after years of struggling like you (mind you, this is even after having to have a hysterectomy a year ago and then my other ovary removed via emergency surgery due to a torsion caused by endo last september). 

Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree that the worst part is the gas trapped in your body afterwards.  Thank goodness my doctor warned me about it before the surgery as I was in soooooo much pain in my shoulders and chest from the gas that if I had not known, I would have thought I was having a heart attack and called an ambulance!  IT WAS AWFUL!!!  So definitely, take Gas-X, grab a heating pad and drink tons of water if you can. 

Good luck!  You’ll feel so much better afterward!  🙂

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a laproscopy to diagnose endometriosis earlier this year. My symptoms were very similar to yours. I had gotten to the point where I couldn’t walk due to pain in my lower abdomen. My doctor found stage 1 endometriosis and removed it all. I was terrified to have the surgery, but honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. The pain wasn’t too bad for me and I only have one very tiny scar, and best of all, no more abdominal pain!! The worst part was nausea from the stuff they used to knock me out. I slept most of pain off, so I was horizontal most of the time, maybe that’s why the gas wasn’t an issue for me? Any time I hurt I just used ice on my incisiosn and a heating pad on my back for the gas I had. Also, shortly after laproscopy for endo has been shown to be a very good time to conceive, so good luck!

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I had a lap for endo and it was the easiest thing ever…as far as surgery goes.  I was in/out the same day, a little sore for a couple of days, but other than that, no issues.  Good luck!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Take any advice you can to get rid of that gas! It was enexpectedlu painful for me and lasted for almost a week. Heat pack really helped. The surgery itself is a breeze but don’t expect to be able to do much for at least 7 days afterwards, i was  feeling lightheaded for a while and the area was pretty tender when getting up and down etc.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I surprisingly did not find the pain from the gas to be that bad. However, I did have a crazy sore throat and my belly button hurt SO bad. Getting up from the bed or couch was so painful. I also had a really bloated stomach for about two weeks, and I pretty much wore only dresses to work. And sorry for this TMI, but my pain meds made it very difficult to go to the bathroom (even tho I used the stool softeners as recommended). Also, my doc put this little band-aid looking thing behind my ear to help with nausea (I’m VERY Sensitive to anesthesia). I left it there for a few days and I only threw up one time, but that was when I was in the car on my way home. If you have any questiins PM me. I was super nervous (like crying in the OR nervous), but it wasnt bad at all!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

@Curly W:  I’m so sorry you are going through this! I have had 3 laps for endo and now I am going to be having a complete hysterectomy. The surgery it’s self is not bad at all. I had 3 small incisions  – 1 at the bikini line, 1 on my low right abdomen and the other in my belly button. I always went home the same day, usually after 2 hours in recovery. At the time I was doing very physical work and I needed 2 weeks away to recover. If you have a desk job you will need about a week, maybe a bit less. The best advice I have is walk a little bit around the house every hour to help move the gas. Otherwise you can get a ton of shoulder pain. Also, don’t wait until your pain gets really bad before taking pain medicine. Pain medicine will work better if taken before your pain is out of control. I’m sure it will go smoothly!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Curly W:  Remeber to get up and walk around regularly. All that gas as to be absorbed into your bowel to  be passed rectally or by burping, and walking helps that process.

Laying in bed for first few days is about the worst advice you could have and would put you at higher risk for a blood clot in your leg.

If you are taking pain medication, many or them are constipating so drink lots of water and have fibre in your diet. Prunes and prune juice are great for keeping things moving.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The cyst could have been causing the pain too, maybe it’ll be better now. Give it a little time- I hope it worked! Feel better soon- sleep it off until then:)

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