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Do I need to see a specialist surgeon? (I'm going to Lewisham hospital for laparoscopy)

Hi everyone, after 10 years or horrific symptoms many doctors called 'normal' and after 6 years constantly on the pill, my periods got lighter and pain lessened. But I continued with deep pelvic pain which grew to effect my entire health. I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis (pre-surgery) in November at Lewisham hospital.

I was referred for a laparoscopy in Feb and I am still awaiting on a date. The waiting is driving me insane now, I'm in a lot of pain and the new pill I've been put on is just horrible.

I've heard a lot of women stress its very important to be seen by a specialist surgeon, I have no idea what that means or how to find out if mine is?

My gynaecologist was very nice and helpful. His examination of me found 'irregularity on palpitation in the left poserior laternal fornix' this, he believes, means I am likely to endo. A transvaginal x-ray showed I have free fluid in the Pouch of Douglas and polysitic ovaries.

Does anyone understand what this exactly means? I'm not sure if my case is normal and can be done by any surgeon, or if these findings mean I should push to ensure I'm seeing an endometriosis specialist?

Any help greatly appreciated! I hate feeling so helpless and not knowing whats happening inside my own body!

Thanks all

K xx

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Hi - I am afraid you sound to have been down the road that many are in having your endo treated with years of hormone meds to mask its progression. Please can you click on my name and read my first post on endo and the one on Pouch of Douglas endo to see what you identify with. I think it will be vital that you see a proper specialist as, lovely as your consultant is, if you have any sort of severe endo involving the POD it should be dealt with in a centre as it can be intricate surgery involving the bowel. Could I ask how old you are and if you are happy to private message me the consultant's name I can check him. x


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