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The Facts About Endometriosis Laparoscopy | Treating your Endometriosis

The Facts About Endometriosis Laparoscopy

Though ultrasound can be useful to help find signs of endometriosis, this tool does not always tell the true tale of what is going on in many women. The ultrasound is a great tool for many things, but it does have a disadvantage when it comes to diagnosing this condition. There are times when it just can’t pick up the nodules that often indicate that there is a problem. The next step after this type of diagnostics is to then use endometriosis laparoscopy surgery to get a better look at what is going on inside.

Laparoscopy is a tool that is used in many different areas of medicine. This tool takes some practice, but gives the doctor ‘eyes’ to see inside the body without being as invasive as open surgery. Laparoscopy involves a tiny camera that can be inserted into the body through a very tiny opening. It has a light attached, and can be used to aid in surgeries like gastric bypass, and can also used for exploratory surgery to search for signs of endometriosis, among other things. This greatly cuts down on recovery time for many people as the incisions are small.

When a person undergoing a laparoscopy for endometriosis, the doctor will probably make a small incision in the belly button. The patient can be either completely knocked out, or in some cases, a local anesthetic can be used so that the patient can remain awake. A small tube containing both light and a tiny video camera are inserted. Some sort of gas (almost always carbon dioxide), is usually then inserted so that the abdomen inflates. This allows the camera and the surgeon to see what’s going on inside better. This also allows others to view the surgery as well. The spots that are suspected as being areas with endometriosis growth will be explored.

There are times when this is done as a purely exploratory procedure and other times, it can be used to help the surgeon see where the endometriosis is located for removal. Though removal is sometimes possible without more incisions, there may be instances when more incisions might be needed to remove the tissues that need to be taken from the body for biopsy purposes.

These incisions are usually located down near the pubic area, in what you’ll probably know as the bikini area. Before performing this procedure your doctor should go over all of the possibilities of what should happen during the surgery, any actions they will take and if any risks are involved.

Once your endometriosis laparoscopy is done, a recovery time is normally pretty quick. Nausea is quite common, and recovery take only a few days. There may be some pain in the shoulders due to the gas that was used during the surgery. That should go away rather quickly. There may be some general pain and discomfort in the abdomen area, but painkillers usually handle it. If pain goes above and beyond what the pills can handle, or if you develop a fever, go back to your doctor immediately to make sure everything is okay.

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One Response

  1. September 13th, 2009 | 1:40 am

    What else could they find in surgery?

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