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anyone else had to have this done and how was the recovery afterwards? im dreading it as the last time I was put to sleep, I came round in shock due to the pain and my blood pressure went through the roof

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I'd like to know some information aswel, as I've never had one before and last time I had a general was when I was a kid and it took me quite some time to come round so I'm quite scared. Also does anyone know when thet put you to sleep do you get that tube in ur throat? As when I was in Hospital a women's had her gallbladder removed and when they put tube in her mouth they knocked out her two front teeth that be horrible if that happened to me!

I suppose I know I really need to have the op but I'm soooo scared!!!

I had one last November to remove a cyst from my right ovary and they found I had endo at the same time so they lasered that off while they were in there.

I woke up with a very sore throat due to the breathing tube and was sick afterwards coz of the anesthetic. I also had some pain in my left shoulder where they blow you up with gas to be able to get around your insides easier.

Other than that I wasn't in too much pain but they do say to make sure that you have painkillers around as obviously everyone handles pain differently! :)

I had to have 2 weeks off work as I couldn't move around much coz of my stitches and my stomach was very bloated, but it's a very routine procedure and your usually in and out in the same day.

Hope this has given you a bit more insight and if you have any questions feel free to pm me :)

I had one last December also to remove a cyst. I was also sick when I came round and felt super groggy the day of the operation but I was surprised how quickly I recovered. I had a week off work and was still quite slow moving when I went back as I would tire fairly quickly but really, nothing was as bad as I feared.

My top tip is get a large cushion to put under your knees when you are sleeping to stop you trying to roll over.

Hi, had a laparoscopy and cystoscopy and bladder biopsy yesterday, feel sore from the gas. They didnt find any endo, just quite a few adhesions where some of the organs were stuck together. I was sick from the anesthetic but otherwise the procedure itself was straightforward. Dont worry too much, mine was really not too bad, good luck with it all.


I had a lap and cystoscopy 2 weeks ago, was back in work 4 days later, have stage 4 endo and had a 15cm cyst drained, had no pain from the incisions was just mega tired for a few days, I did burst an incision though but Steri stripped it and it was ok, I didn't have any of the shoulder pain I was expecting

I did struggle going the loo for a week tho!

Good luck


in reply to Lilly83

ah thankyou for your reply. glad to hear you have bounced back so quickly, best of luck with all in the future

in reply to boudy14

Thankyou! I actually have another lap in July for extensive excision on bladder, bowel, ureters, pouch of Douglas, tube removal and a 15cm endometrioma removal, now that I am dreading! As for the breathing tube I was dreading it as i have emetophobia, a phobia of vomitting, I haven't been sick since I was 9, and I'm 29 now! I was terrified of feeling the tube, but I didn't know a thing about it, just a sore throat after, and they checked my teeth first for wobbly ones x

I am 3.5 weeks post lap. I usually have problems with anaesthetic making me feel sick and lowering my blood pressure to dangerous levels. I told the anaesthetist all about it and he decided it would be safest to intubate me (tube down the throat) to protect my airway as I suffer reflux. Every case is different and they remove the tube as soon as it is safe to do so. I told him that I was terrified of waking up with the tube still in and thankfully he removed it before I was aware :-) the only problem I have ever had from intubation is a slight scratch on my tonsil but its a great excuse to eat ice cream!

I came round from surgery very well as they seem to have perfected my cocktail of drugs!

Make the anaesthetist aware of any concerns you may have. They are brilliant at sorting out nerves. I have had several ops before (mostly non endo related) and I don't like the feeling of woozyness they put me to sleep super fast!

I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry. I had sever endo all over my left side and was back to work after a week. 3 weeks post op and I have caught someone's awful cold but other than that, so long as I take it steady it's ok. And probably too much info, but I tried sex this weekend and it was a bit tender but generally ok. First time almost pain free on years! :-D

ah bless you thank you for your reply

luckily I am going private for this op so hopefully will get better care and will defo speak to the antheitist, I am glad it was a quick recovery, I was told that when I was strelised last year but was ill for around 4 weeks after!

ps good news on the naughty front!

Hi, i had my lap on the 10th, other then feeling generally sore from where the surgery was (belly button and my left) i felt okay. i will say make sure someone stays with you for atleast 48 hours (they say 24) as i really struggled with getting out of bed and going up and down the stairs for water etc...

in other words just rest up and do as little as possible for as long as you can. i was back to work a week later and feel physically fine now.

Good luck and hope you get some answers and recover quickly

s, x

thank you guys, your words are very kind and helpful x

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