Nothing is worse than dealing with after-surgery pains and discomforts. So what must you do after endometriosis surgery?
Endometriosis is a condition wherein tissue that is comparable to the lining of the uterus—the endometrial stroma and glands that should be located within the uterus–is found elsewhere in the body. These lesions can be found in areas like the ovaries, the fallopian tubes and on the pelvic wall. There are rare cases when endometriosis is found in the vagina, bladder, lung, spine and brain.
If you have been diagnosed to have endometriosis, you will experience pelvic pain that is similar to the cramps that you experience during your menstrual cycle. However, there may be pain that you can feel that is not similar to your cycle.
If you are not given any painkillers or hormonal therapies that are injected to treat your endometriosis, another option that your doctor can do is to put you up for surgery. This method is applied on more serious cases of endometriosis.
Laparoscopic surgery is the only sure way to diagnose endometriosis. This is done by removing all endometriotic lesions, cysts and adhesions. The success of this surgery lies heavily on the skill of the surgeon.
Let’s say you have undergone an endometriosis surgery and your only worry now is how to start the process of recuperation after endometriosis surgery. How do you make yourself as comfortable as you can once the anesthesia wears off and the pain starts to kick in?
What to expect after endometriosis surgery?
Laparoscopy is usually done at an outpatient facility so you will be advised to go home after the surgery. However, there are times when the surgeon will ask you for an overnight stay at the hospital for more observations. After endometriosis surgery, you will more or less be back to your daily normal activities in one week’s time or longer when necessary.
The inevitable pain that you will experience after endometriosis surgery will linger for a while but for how long it’s going to last is on a case to case basis. For some women, the pre-surgery pain that they have been feeling will immediately disappear after surgery. For others, the pain will gradually decrease until it will completely disappear. There is also a percentage of women whose pain seem to never disappear. In conclusion, recuperating from an endometriosis surgery may take shorter or longer, depending on the physical condition of the patient.
There is a wide range of recovery tips that you can apply to help you get through the recovery process of after endometriosis surgery. Here are a few suggestions:
- Taking plenty of rest as needed but try also to move a little bit after the anesthesia wears off. This helps remove any gas trapped in the abdomen and also decreases you risk of developing pneumonia thromboembolism and adhesion formation. Moreover, strenuous physical activities should be avoided such as weightlifting and climbing stairs for a period of at least 14 days so as not to aggravate the closed incisions.
- You should remain on a liquid diet of juices, tea and soup for the first 12 hours after endometriosis surgery. When everything starts to get back to normal after that and if you are not experiencing any nausea, vomiting tendencies or abdominal cramps, then you can return to your normal diet.
- After endometriosis surgery, keep an eye for infections and complications. The first sign of an infection is malaise and fever within a week after surgery. You will also know when you have complications when you experience fever, chills, vomiting, inability to urinate or if the pain has worsened.
Keeping your body in excellent shape after endometriosis surgery will help you recuperate from the surgery as soon as possible. By following some of these recommended tips, you may very well be up on your feet just days after endometriosis surgery.