After a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis
You may have pain in your vagina or abdomen after a laparoscopy for endometriosis. If spinal anesthesia was used, you may not be able to move your legs for several hours. To reduce your risk of complications, you should tell your healthcare provider if something doesn't feel right. Upon leaving the hospital, you will receive instructions regarding medication, exercise, and how to care for your body while you recover.
Moving to the Recovery RoomFollowing a laparoscopy for endometriosis, you will go to a recovery room. In here, your healthcare team will watch over you and help you as the anesthesia wears off. You will usually stay here about one to two hours.
When you wake up, you may have a catheter in your bladder. You might also have special socks on your legs. These socks help your blood circulate better.
Most women have pain in their vagina or abdomen (stomach) after a laparoscopy. Your healthcare provider can give you medicine to help relieve this. You may also shiver or feel sick to your stomach from the anesthesia. If you feel this way, tell your caregivers so they can help make you comfortable.
If spinal anesthesia was used, your legs may still feel numb and you may not be able to move them for several hours. While you are in the recovery room, you will not be able to walk to the bathroom, so you will need to use a bedpan. Your healthcare provider can help you with this, if necessary. The feeling in your abdomen and legs will slowly return.
Remember that your healthcare team wants you to get better without any problems, so be sure to let them know how you are feeling, especially if anything feels abnormal or "not right."
Leaving the HospitalWhen you leave the hospital after a laparoscopy, you will get special instructions. Some instructions will be for taking care of your body and your female organs. Some instructions will be for medicines you are taking and for what kind of exercise and actions you can do. Be sure to ask questions and have the instructions repeated if they don't make sense.
The person you talk to will also tell you about any symptoms that mean you need to come back to the hospital. Some of these symptoms are fever or increasing pain in your abdomen.
Some women may also have shoulder pain, which comes from the air that was put in the abdomen. Lying down or kneeling with your chest down usually helps this go away.
After your laparoscopic surgery, you will likely feel tired and want to rest. However, the next day you should be able to get up and move around. Many people are able to go to work the day after surgery, and others may be ready in two to three days; however, each individual situation will be different.
In any case, you should not participate in any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least a couple of days. You will also visit your doctor about two weeks after the surgery to see how you are healing.