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What Happens During a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis?

As part of a laparoscopy for endometriosis, a small incision, or cut, will be made in or just below your navel. A tube, called a trocar, will then be inserted into your abdomen (stomach). The laparoscope will then be inserted. Through this, your doctor will view the inside of your abdomen on a video screen. The laparoscope can also take pictures and videotape the procedure.
 
If endometriosis is found, your surgeon will then remove it. How your endometriosis is taken out will depend on how much there is inside your pelvis. A laser, scissors, special burning tool, or a combination of these may be used for tissue removal.
 
(Click Laparoscopic Surgery for Endometriosis for more information on the procedure itself.)
 

After a Laparoscopy

When you leave the hospital after the procedure, 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. If the instructions don't make sense to you, be sure to ask questions or have the instructions repeated.
 

Expected Results

The goal of laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis is to take out the endometriosis without harming anything else in your pelvis. The surgery is usually very good at doing this. Studies show that this procedure helps 50 to 80 out of 100 women have less pain in their pelvis.
 
As a treatment for women with fertility problems, this surgery helps about 60 out of 100 women become pregnant. This is for women who have a moderate, or average, amount of endometriosis.
 
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