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The results of a laparoscopy for endometriosis can include reduced pain, increased fertility, and the discovery of additional problems. While every case is different, results are generally good, with 50 to 80 out of 100 women reporting less pain in their pelvis. However, even if all of the endometriosis is removed, there is a possibility of the pain coming back.

What Are the Expected Results of a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis?

The goal of laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis is to take out the tissue without harming anything else in your pelvis. The surgery is usually very good at doing this. Studies show that laparoscopy helps 50 to 80 out of 100 women have less pain in their pelvis.
In the long term, it is possible that the pain may come back. Even if all of the endometriosis is taken out, the pain will come back for 20 out of 100 women. There is no way to know if this will happen to you or not. At this time, your doctor feels that this surgery is still a good idea for you and your health.

Laparoscopy for Endometriosis and Pregnancy

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. For women who have a lot of endometriosis, only about 35 out of 100 will get pregnant after the surgery. Again, there is no way to know what will happen for you. However, even though the results can vary, there is a better chance of getting pregnant if you have the surgery than if you try things besides surgery.

Discovery of Other Problems

Sometimes during the laparoscopy, your doctor will find unexpected diseases or conditions inside your pelvis. If this happens, your doctor might fix the problem and then tell you about it after the surgery.
Sometimes things will happen that mean your surgery might take longer or might be turned into an abdominal surgery. Abdominal surgery means that you will have a bigger cut in your abdomen (stomach). This helps your doctor look at your organs and fix problems that come up. You would not know that these changes were made in the surgery until after it is over. You should talk to your doctor if you have questions about this.
If you have questions or concerns on any aspects of this procedure, please talk to your doctor. It is important that both of you feel the same way about the surgery and what will happen.
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