What to expect from laparoscopy surgery for endometriosis in Katy, TX
Most gynecological surgeons agree that laparoscopy is the best method of treating endometriosis. The doctors at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX share this information on what to expect from surgery, and provide suggestions to speed healing.
Endometriosis and laparoscopy
This chronic disease occurs when tissues meant to line the uterus grow outside of it – in the abdomen, or on ovaries, fallopian tubes, ligaments that support the uterus, or other organs and areas of the body. Since this misplaced tissue is not shed during menstrual cycles, it develops into growths and lesions. Endometriosis can result in:
- Abdominal pain, especially before and during menstruation.
- Painful urination.
- Painful bowel movements, diarrhea, nausea, or constipation.
- Painful intercourse.
- Allergies and chemical sensitivity.
- Scar tissue.
Using laparoscopy, our doctors remove endometriosis without a large incision. A thin, lighted tube is inserted into the abdomen through a tiny cut at the navel, providing high-resolution images. The abdominal cavity is filled with gas for a better view. Through several other small incisions, tissue is removed with special instruments. Incisions are closed with dissolving sutures. Most women return to work and normal activities within a week or two.
Tips for speedy recovery
- An over-the-counter gas relief medication helps to dispel trapped gas, relieving discomfort in the shoulder and back.
- A mild stool softener makes the first bowel movement more comfortable. Constipation can be further avoided with plenty of water.
- Eat a light diet for a few days.
- Use a heating pad to ease surgery-related aches and pains.
- Begin light activity (such as walking to the bathroom) within 24 hours.
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
- Call our office right away if you see swelling, signs of infection, or an incision opens.
Now that you know what to expect from laparoscopy, you don’t have to suffer the discomfort of endometriosis. Call our Katy, TX office at 855 346 8610 to schedule a consultation.