Went to see our 'second opinion' consultant regarding my Stage 4 endo and laparoscopy last night. Was told I have deep infiltrating endo, sticking my ovaries to the back of my uterus and bowel. I have been recommended excision via laparoscopy but been told it will be too risky to remove it ALL due to depth of endo and complications of surgery. I currently don't have any / minimal endo pain (please don't hate me!) but my main issue is infertility so they want to use excision to free my ovaries with the hope of making IVF safer and hopefully more successful. Currently, they think they wouldn't be able to access the ovaries / eggs so excision is a priority. They said they don't want to mess too much with the bowel as there are risks which could mean I end up with a stoma and as I don't have pain currently, it is better to leave it until it is necessary. They also said if they cut too much into the uterus, there are risks of internal bleeding. They focussed on quality of life over trying to treat all the endometriosis.
Has anyone else had partial excision and did they end up having more surgeries in the future?
If endo progresses over time, is it worth trying to treat it all at once? (esp as it is already severe, deep, stage 4?)
How else can endo be treated if not all excised?
I'm tempted to get another opinion and while my husband is very supportive, he feels I need to trust this second doctor and stop searching until I find a doctor who will tell me 'he has the magic wand and can remove it all'. So I'm just wondering if there is anyone out there who had deep endo / stage 4 and had successful surgery?