View Full Version : Laparoscopic surgery ???? Help!
03-16-2006, 10:46 AM
My uro-gyn wants to do a Laparoscopic surgery in about a month to clean up my endometriosis and take off a small cyst on my ovary.
I'm really tossed here on whether or not I should do this. It seems like a pointless procedure, since the endo always grows back!
I've read some horror stories on here that major FLARES or the onset of IC happened after a Laparoscopy! Does anyone have any advice on this, or would like to let me know how this affected your IC symptoms, and if so....for how long?
I need to make a decision quick if I am going to do this. I just don't know if I can handle more pain right now.
How long is the recovery from this? Is it really necessary?
03-17-2006, 06:11 AM
Okie dokie! 28 views and no lap. experts here.
I'm leaning towards chickening out. lol
03-17-2006, 06:14 AM
had the procedure last year - no results, but 2 weeks pain & bladder didn't like it at all, bu no worsening of symptoms long term...
Usually it should take one or two days to recover, I'm a kind of slow healer... :loco:
03-17-2006, 06:15 AM
Sorry - second post was an accident....
03-17-2006, 11:01 AM
Not an expert but will share my experience!
I was in the middle of my worst IC (ALL known symptoms) and vulvodynia flare when I had the lap. My symptoms did not get worse, as they were already at their worst. It was done to rule out endometriosis as the cause of my pain when I was searching for diagnosis. No endo was found so I don't know how a lap and treatment for endo would compare with just the lap. I had mine on a Thursday and was back to work on Monday. Thursday pm, Friday, and Saturday were uncomfortable but not that painful. Tylenol 3 worked for the pain. By Monday I was back at work teaching 7th graders. My only complaint that week was an increase in crampy back pain which was miraculously immediately cured when my boyfriend got back into town an gave me a good lower back massage. :) I have just a small 1.5 cm scar at the base of my navel. Didn't even require stitches.
Two months later I had a cysto/hydro. Bad experience. Bad pain. Complications that put me into the hospital for a week and I missed a month of work. I would do a lap again if necessary but never ever a hydro.
Best wishes. Hope you are feeling well.
03-17-2006, 11:11 AM
Just a thought...if you post in the cysto/hydro section maybe you'll get some more responses, since many of us have had the laparoscopy in addition to the hydro.
03-17-2006, 11:29 AM
I flared after my laproscopy . I also have endo, adhesions and a 4 cm cyst on my right ovary. I see the gyn on april 3 rd. I hope all goes well with you.
03-17-2006, 12:26 PM
Thanks all that have responded so far!
I wasn't sure where to post this thread! lol
I'm just really wondering if it will help me or be a big waste of time and money.......not to mention I fear an increase in bladder symptoms. :headbang: I just feel so bad now, the pain pills aren't even helping. I don't know what to do?? :hmm:
PLUS......I really don't like my doctor! Maybe I would be more willing if my doc wasnt' such a masogynist jackass. He just rubs me the wrong way.
I guess I should be optimistic about getting better instead of terrified of getting worse, huh?
love and hugs!
03-17-2006, 12:31 PM
I've never had endo, but I did have laparoscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder. I was back working eleven days later.
03-17-2006, 02:08 PM
My daughter had endo and had it done. She said it was absolutely worth it. The pain was so unbearable and she recovered pretty fast from the LAP. (Although she does not have IC)
04-12-2006, 04:49 AM
I had a laproscope done a 2 years ago. My ovary was caught on scar tissue and wrapped around itself. I also have endo. They lazered all the gunk out. I hurt pretty bad the first 2 days. After the pain wore off I noticed a big difference. I didn't hurt as much anymore. I did notice I had to pee more after the surgery. I don't think it was because of the surgery though. They told me to drink LOTS of water and water downed Poweraid. I think drinking more than usual and what I was drinking cause me to pee more. Its been almost 2 years now. I think the endo is growing back because I feel the pain starting again but it was worth it!!!! I felt better and my Ic symptoms backed down a little bit.
04-26-2006, 07:17 AM
sorry im a little late posting, but thought i would tell you about my lap last june. it was done to see if i had endo (i dont) instead they found a 5 cm cyst (that they said shouldnt cause pain...grrrr) and my bladder and uterus were adherred to each other. they removed the cyst and adhesions (scar tissue from 2 previous c-section we think) on June 28, 2005, by July 3 i was feeling much better. i rode in a car for about 12 hrs with my bro to go get his girlfriend and bring her from Oklahoma to Texas. not too much pain or frequency, we did get out and walk around quite a bit, but a lot of that was because i had my youngest with us. on July 7 I went on vaca with my mom, bro & girlfriend (both 17), my husband, and our 2 kids to Colorado Springs. we were there for 1.5-2 weeks, the only thing i had problems with is the kids wanted me to swim with them but i couldnt get my stomach wet because of stairy (sp?) strips. in august i had my first hydro/cysto/biopsy and it hurt more than the lap. i did get to feeling better after the hydro and am trying again on monday. i may do another lap this summer because we think my bladder, ovaries, and uterus are attached by adhesions again...I am now more worried about the pain with the hydro rather than the lap because i healed quicker from the lap. i dont think it would be a waist of time to have the procedure and getting the endo and cyst out may help you to feel better, i dont understand doing a hydro so often but if it helps my dr has said that we can schedule on for every 6-8 months to keep the pain at a more managable level.
this is just my 2 cents but i thought it may be able to help you. when i switched to my new gyn in Feb. he told me that adhesions and small cysts usually do not cause much pain but from my experience i think they did and doing the lap helped with the pain more than i expected...
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