Laparoscopy For Endometriosis How Endometriosis Specialists Do The Procedure

Laparoscopy For Endometriosis – How Endometriosis Specialists Do The Procedure

By: - Disease & Illness - November 22, 2011
laparoscopy for endometriosis how endometriosis specialists do the procedure

If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have gone through other methods of treatment with no relief, your only choice may be to get a laparoscopy for endometriosis. Laparoscopy is the most common surgical procedure in the treatment of endometriosis. It is a fairly minor procedure when used as a diagnostic tool, but it is a major surgery when used to treat endometriosis.

The laparoscopy for endometriosis is done under general anesthetics by endometriosis specialists.  Though it isn’t extremely invasive, you obviously would want to have a doctor perform it who knows what they are doing and what they are looking for. There are some endometriosis specialists who will perform the surgery as an outpatient procedure but it really depends on the severity of the endometriosis. You should expect to stay overnight if you are going through a laparoscopy.

The procedure for a laparoscopy for endometriosis is fairly straight forward. The first step is to fill the abdomen with gas, usually CO2 or carbon dioxide. This gas is pumped in through a small incision near the navel. Once the abdomen is inflated, the laparoscopy will be inserted into the incision for endometriosis specialists to fully inspect the area inside without totally cutting the skin and muscles away.

During the procedure, your body will be tilted back slightly, though you will be lying down. This is so your upper abdominal organs will shift upwards towards your chest a bit and away from the lower abdomen where most endometriosis forms. It should be noted that if your endometriosis is located in another area of the body, the procedure will vary.

The laparoscope itself is a thin tube that has a lens so that the doctor can see. There will also be a special light attached to it as well. In another small tube, put into the same incision, other instruments are inserted so that the doctor can perform the procedure. Once the endometriosis is removed, the instruments are removed, the gas is released and the incision will be closed. There are usually a few stitches given and you will gently be pulled out of your anesthetic state.

Depending on the severity of the endometriosis, you should expect the procedure to take approximately one hour. It could take longer if there are a lot of growths that need removed. You may be able to go home that day or you may need to stay overnight. You should take it easy for about a week after surgery.

There can be complications after a laparoscopy. Endometriosis itself can cause problems with getting pregnant and the laparoscopy can complicate that further. On the other hand, laparoscopy can also reverse the effects of endometriosis and infertility depending on the methods done.  Additionally there is the risk of puncturing an organ. Other complications may involve normal surgical complications like infection and pain. Speak with your doctor about other complications that can arise based on your specific situation.

It is important to note that a laparoscopy will not cure endometriosis but it can prevent the disease from returning for many years. If you are past child bearing age and have a severe form of endometriosis, a hysterectomy may be performed with has a good prognosis when it comes to the disease returning.