Diagnostic laparoscopy

Hi everyone,

I'm awaiting a diagnostic laparoscopy to see if I have endo, but I'm just a bit confused about what I've been told.

When seeing the Gyne, he said that they'd perform the laparoscopy and if any endo is found, they'll remove it. However, a nurse told me in my pre-assessment that all they'll do is look to see if a I have any endo and diagnose it. They'll then arrange for me to have another laparoscopy to remove it. I did question the nurse, and she said that it is only a diagnostic surgery (but they may remove small amounts if they feel that they should).

To me, it doesn't make sense to have two operations: one to diagnose and then one after I've healed to treat the problem. Surely it would cause more problems to keep having laparoscopy (this is going to be my second one) and it would be easier to remove the endo at the time as diagnosing it?

If anyone could help make sense of this situation, I'd be very grateful as I am pretty confused. I also don't want to go through two operations as this means going through the pain and having to take more time off work, when it could just be done at once?

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  • I went for my gynaecology appointment today and she confirmed I need a laparoscopy to diagnose any endo if it's mild they treat it there and then, if it's more severe you have to go back as it requires more planning and more specialists and staff etc. And it's a longer operation etc. Hope this helps. I'm waiting for my letter to confirm date and time now. This will be my first op and I'm pooping myself to say the least lol

  • I went for my gynaecology appointment today and she confirmed I need a laparoscopy to diagnose any endo if it's mild they treat it there and then, if it's more severe you have to go back as it requires more planning and more specialists and staff etc. And it's a longer operation etc. Hope this helps. I'm waiting for my letter to confirm date and time now. This will be my first op and I'm pooping myself to say the least lol

  • Thanks for the reply, I hope I don't have to have two operations, I really hate them. Don't be too scared, I had a laparoscopy to remove my appendix and it wasn't that bad. When I first came around from the op, I felt groggy and like I'd been hit in the stomach by a bus. The pain was bad to start with, but after 3 or 4 days I felt a lot better and was back to my daily life in about 10 days? I hope it goes well for you, no need to be worried :)

  • I am very worried though :(. Got 2 kids aged 5&2 and my partner works full time. I've got to take a week off unpaid!! And noone to help me with the kids. More worried about how I'm gonna cope with that tbh! I know it seems pointless to me to do two but it makes sense aswell.

  • My lap was put as a diagnostic and treatment lap, but they didn't remove any endo they said too much and will have to be done at next op which will be a hysterectomy xx

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