(Closed) Laparoscopy? Ovarian Drilling? Tell me about the procedure and recovery please..

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I had a Laparoscopy last year.  Mine was done because endo was immobalizing me and excrutiatingly painful.  I was not TTC, in fact I got it done about 4 months before my wedding, but my periods were so bad that I couldn’t wait anymore and I needed help.  The procedue was extrememly non-invasive. I had surgery on a Wednesday morning and was back in the office by Monday.  They inserted through my belly button and 2 small insitions on either side of my lower abdominal.  I still have scars from all 3 insitions but they have all faded quite a bit in a year and they look more like birth marks than scars at this point.  I was sore for about 3 days after surgery; it almost felt like I did the worlds most intense ab workout and it was difficult to stand up after lying down and things like that.  My stomach area was extrememly bloated for about 5 days too.  My OB said if I waited another 2-3 years before surgery I could have troubles conceiving.  Overall it is definitely worth it in the long run.  As far as drilling, I do not have any experience.  Maybe get opinions from 1 or 2 more OB’s if you are nervous.  It won’t hurt!  Best of luck to you and your family.  I pray that everything will work out for you xoxo

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had a lap over the summer to remove a cyst, and while in there they discovered endo.  They removed all the endo and did a tubal dye study.  Recovery was pretty easy, and I admittedly have a low pain tolerance!  I was very bloated for about a week or so, and had some pain in my collarbone from the anesthesia.  I had the surgery on a Thursday and went back to work about a week and a half later.

Overall, it was a pretty easy surgery to recover from.  I have 2 small scars on my lower abdomen.  Get some good pain meds (norco) for the first day or 2 and you’ll be fine!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

I’ve had 3 laps for very severe Endo. Recovery was different for each, depending on how much was removed each time. At best, I was down a few days, at worst about a week, fully recovered in two. PM me if you have specific questions. I’d be cautious about ovarian drilling, as it seems like it could be just as likely to damage your ovaries permanently as help. I have no experience with the drillign though, just lots of it with Endo and laps (and IVF). An FYI that I didn’t know pre-surgery, is that any surgery to your ovaries risks damaging your eggs and lowering your AMH/AFC. I’m pretty sure either my endo itself or the surgeries are why I was diagnosed with severe DOR (AMH 0.3/AFC 5) at 33.

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is the information used by our Provincial NurseLine

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/tw9171

Most women say the bloating from the gas used to separate the organs, is the most uncomfortable part of the surgery. You can help the gas pass, by getting up and walking, even inside the house. Using the knee to chest position can also help.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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pinkshoes :  Hey there, I haven’t had ovarian drilling done but I had a laparoscopy in November. They did a tubal dye study, fixed my left tube which was stuck down and removed some very mild endo. I took 3 days off work, my tummy was a little tender but it wasn’t bad at all. I have a very tiny scar along my c section line and one in my belly button that can’t even be seen.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had an ectopic (and left tube) removed via laproscopy and it was rough because the ectopic had fused to a few organs.  If all goes smoothly and you have no or mild endo, then Id expect a quick easy recovery.  My surgery was just over 4 hours and my shoulder hurt SO F*&$ing bad.  Take the pain meds if you need them. I under medicated myself and it SUCKED!!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I’ve had four laparoscopies for Stage IV endo between the time I was 19 and 28. I’ve gone four years without (Mirena was a miracle for me) and it’s likely I’ll need another as we are TTC without luck. Recovery totally varied for me but I’d say that full recovery was like 2 weeks tops each time, with the worst being days 1-4 or so. As others have said, the bloating and upper collarbone pain were the worst part for me. They’re really manageable, though. I have TINY scars that really aren’t noticeable to anyone but me. I’ve had a bunch of different surgeries for things and this really is one of the easiest. I’d definitely do it if your doc thinks it will help. I know nothing about ovarian drilling. Good luck!! 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

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pinkshoes :  Yes, that’d be my concern. You didn’t specify how many blasts in your original comment, but I thought I remembered it being low from other threads we’ve shared. However, endo causes inflammation, which can harm quality, so removing any potential endo seems like a good idea to me at this point, especially as you have solid AMH/AFC numbers to work with. If you do decide to do the drilling I would most defintely only do it on one ovary, just in case. Personally I always had one ovary that always worked better during my IVF cycles. If this is also the case for you I’d do it on my underacheving ovary as opposed to my overacheiver too.

Also, do you taker a steroid like Medrol before transfer? It’s standard practice at some clinics and not others. This would also reduce inflammation from endo or anything else that might impact your embryo. I was prescibed Medrol starting day of transfer, but since I had an extra prescription left from a cancelled IVF cycle I took it a few days sooner and a few days longer than prescribed. (Not that I recommend ever doing anything without consent of you doctor!) I found a few solid studies on endo and implantation that found that  a protocol taking steriods the entire month of transfer increased pregnancy rates significantly, so I knew it was safe and had helped women similar to me. I sometimes wonder if doing so is what made the difference to us. Wishing you luck and confidence in your decisions!

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