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First laparoscopy, what to expect?

Hi everyone, I hope you are all feeling well today!

After waiting over 18 weeks I managed to complain today and was offered surgery on Saturday 20th! Thanks to everyone for your advice, it worked!

This is my first laparoscopy & first surgery as an adult. I have no idea what to expect! I'm not very nervous, maybe just a bit. I've been in pain for so long (undiagnosed for 10 years) so I'm just relieved its happening.

What should I expect from the surgery? Is it likely I'll be kept in over night? What's the pain like after and do you have any advice on what I should ask the doctor after I'm out?

I am taking the pill atm for the endo, normally you should stop the pill before surgery but as its for endo I've been told to stay on it.

I'm also on amitriptyline and Mefenamic (anti-inflammatory) to help with pain. I think I have to stop the anti-inflammatory as its not safe to take before surgery, is that right? And is the amitriptyline safe to keep taking?

Any tips or experience very appreciated, thanks to everyone for all of your help so far!

K xxx

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Hi I had mine on Thursday. This is what I wrote to someone the next day so I thought I'd paste it here for you xx

Hi, had my lap yesterday. Went in yesterday morning, answered all the normal health questions changed into my gown and (not so) sexy stockings and waited. About 11 they came and wheeled me down and before I knew it I was asleep. I woke up about 3.5 hours later a bit uncomfortable and with a sore throat but was ok.

After that I went back on to the ward where they rung my husband and he came in. I went home at just gone 7pm after I proved I wasn't sick and was able to go to the toilet.

I did have morphine as the cramps felt bad but I'm managing now.

Any other questions please ask xx


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