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Bleeding With a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis

Some bleeding is normal with almost any surgery. Bleeding with a laparoscopy for endometriosis usually stops by itself. If the bleeding doesn't stop right away, your doctor has several options for controlling it, including cautery, additional surgery, and a transfusion of blood or blood products (which are screened for disease like HIV and hepatitis).

Bleeding With a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis: An Overview

For almost any surgery you have, bleeding will happen. There are different reasons for bleeding during surgery and different ways to stop bleeding. Bleeding usually stops by itself. If it doesn't stop right away, your doctor can use an instrument called cautery to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding becomes dangerous, or if there is serious damage to a major blood vessel, the type of surgery you are having might need to change. The surgery would change to an open surgery. This type of surgery gives your doctor more ways to fix the bleeding and keep you from bleeding too much. An open surgery means you will have a larger cut in your abdomen (stomach).
Sometimes the bleeding shows up after the surgery. If this happens, you might need another surgery to stop the bleeding.

Possible Need for a Blood Transfusion

If the bleeding is serious, you might need to have a blood transfusion. This means you get extra blood from the blood bank. Getting blood like this is usually safe. The blood is tested for AIDS and other diseases before it gets to you. Some people have contracted diseases or infections from blood, but this is rare. Only about 1 in 100,000 people get hepatitis C, about 1 in 200,000 get hepatitis B, and only about 1 in 600,000 people get HIV from blood.
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