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Recovery time - please advise!x

Hello all!

I’m having a laparoscopy this Wednesday coming. It’s my first one but hoping they will be diagnosing endometriosis (for some answers at last) and removing it through excision / ablation.

Please could you tell me what the recovery time is for a) if not endo is found and it’s just exploratory and b) if endo is found and removed.

I’m due to be going to England on the ferry two and a half weeks later and i’ll Be driving the 2.5 hours the other side. I’m from Jersey 😊. Will I be able to do this or is it way too soon?!

Any advice / help would be really appreciated! Thank you xxx

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Hi,

Fingers crossed that they can diagnose and remove what they can there and then. With me they went in and couldn't lazer (too advanced) so they took pictures and now I've got to have an excision. The first few days it's all about sleeping the anaesthetic off and you may be quite sore and nauseous. The second week was better and I was able to drive by the end of that week. It really helped buying a little Mimi cushion/bolster it was like a thick tube shape from flying tiger, like a mini beanbag, that was amazing for getting your legs in the right position when sleeping and on your belly under your seatbelt when travelling and driving! I used it for a couple weeks driving after surgery because it absorbed some of the bumpiness!

I hope it goes as well and possible! Good luck x

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Hello! Thanks for those great tips! The cushion sounds like a fab idea xx hope your next surgery goes to plan and you find some relief afterwards 😊

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I had laparoscopy on 6/9/18 to remove fibroids, stage 3 endometriosis and drain some ovarian cysts. I have to say the first 5-7 days are tough, you’ll be sore and just want to sleep and the gas they inflate you with gives you bad stomach cramps and I had stabbing collarbone pain (v bad first 2-3 days) then milder as week goes on. I’m currently signed off for 3 weeks but consultant gynae said 2-4 weeks is normal for something like this. My friend that just had an exploratory laparoscopy no endo removed and a coil fitted was also signed off work for 3 weeks. In my situation they said no driving before 2 weeks is over - so you might be ok at 2.5 weeks - but everyone is so individual. Best of luck with your upcoming op - you’ll get through it and I hope it will help ease your symptoms xx

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Heya! Thanks for your super helpful reply! Hope you’ve found some relief from your symtoms after your surgery xx

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Good luck for your op, I can’t answer your questions as I am still waiting for mine. Glad you asked those questions as I see from the booklet they give you that you should be able to return to work / be okay after 2 days but obviously that isn’t the case x

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Good luck! Thank you xx

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Haha yeah I remember that booklet. Mine said "most women are back to work within five to seven days" what a load of rubbish! At day five I expected to be up and running but I was still in a lot of pain. I didn't leave the house until day eight, that was just to the top of my road to the shop, took me twice as long and I was exhausted after. Recovery takes as long as it takes, if you are good after two days then that's awesome but don't put yourself down if you take longer.

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I had endo removed and a cyst drained and partially removed in June. I was signed off for work for four weeks from the outset. First week is pretty much a write off, I stayed in the house and walked about inside very slowly. Week two I was able to go out and about at a very slow gingerly pace. Step too hard and it sent pain radiating from my abdomen. It was like that for about three - four weeks, there was no chance of using a clutch or break peddle for me! I couldn't actually have a seat belt across my stomach for about six weeks. However, I got an infection in my incisions which made everything hurt again, so it might be because of that?

I would say it depends on how you recover but you could ask your surgeon. One clear way is if you can do an emergency stop. If you can't do one safely, do not drive. The thought of breaking even gently without holding the seat belt away from my stomach sent shivers down my spine! On the plus side I hate driving so I had an excuse to avoid it for a while!

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Heya, thanks for your reply! Think I will just have to see how I go and maybe re organise the ferry for a week later than planned or get my boyfriend out on the insurance so he can drive xx

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I had my lap on the 2nd of August and was back in work on the 8th. I could have gone back sooner but wanted to make sure I was 100% first as I had a cyst removed off my ovary and they said the pain may only set in a few days later.

I think everyone is different as they gave me a two week sick note and painkillers which I thankfully didn't need.

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That’s so fab to hear you had such a speedy recovery! Thanks for the reply - here’s hoping I can recover like you! Xx

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