When I first found out I had three endometriomas that needed to be removed via laparoscopy, I frantically did research to find out what it entailed.
What would I go through? What could happen? Is it necessary?
In my case, a trans-vaginal ultra sound suggested I had 3 large endometriomas in my ovaries which was likely due to endometriosis. However, without a laparoscopy, a definitive diagnosis could not be made. The laparoscopy would help diagnose and treat my condition.
So, you might be wondering, what is it like to go through a laparoscopy?
When I first arrived at the hospital, I was no doubt a bit freaked out. However, it wasn’t as scary as I had imagined either.
I was honestly quite comfortable in my hospital gown and socks, watching some T.V. on a somewhat comfy bed. While you wait, you will have quite a few people involved in the process, asking you if you know what surgery you are getting (just to be sure you are 100% aware) and your anesthesiologist may visit to make you “comfortable.” I had about 1000 grams of Tylenol pumped into me first before rolling into the laparoscopy.
When I was finally rolled into the surgery room, I was placed onto another bed and put to sleep. I was knocked out so fast, it couldn’t have been more than 10 seconds.
During the laparoscopy, they blow sterile air through your stomach, take photos, remove any scar tissue and endometriomas, and take photos again.
You’ll end up with some gruesome photos later- at least I did!
I had four tiny incisions and it took nearly 3 hours to remove my endometriosis scar tissue and the endometriomas.
I woke up in the recovery room and was eventually rolled back into my hospital room, where my husband was waiting.
While I was resting, my gynecologist who performed the out-patient procedure on me, explained everything to my husband. Your husband may or may not remember all the details, so you’ll want to find out more at your next appointment!
After waking up, the grogginess slowly disappears and you will begin to feel more clear headed. You’ll have gas pains, some light bleeding, and a tightness around your incisions which will go away within a couple of days. For many, the gas pains are sometimes the worst.
Before you leave, the nurses will ask you how much pain you feel and if you need to stay in the hospital longer, but most likely you will feel fine and will be ready to go home.
Just make sure that you have some comfy clothes to wear when you leave the hospital and don’t carry anything too heavy! The person who took you to the hospital will need to help you and make sure you arrive home safely.
Also, you may want to put some easy to digest food in a crock pot before you leave the house (i.e. a soup), so that when you return home you’ll have something waiting for you to eat!
In all honesty, with everything said and done, the laparoscopy wasn’t very painful at all. I didn’t even take the pain killers prescribed to me. I only took one of the prescribed pills after surgery to reduce the inflammation. Three days later, I was back to work even though I dreamed of being off for two weeks.
The worst part of the laparoscopy was when I came home, laid on my sofa, and had my cat pounce on my stomach in the middle of the night. Evil cat.
Anyway, I hope you feel a little at ease if this is your first time going through a laparoscopy!