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On the day of a laparoscopy for endometriosis, you will have an intravenous line (or IV) for fluids and medicine and an EKG for monitoring the heart. Family and friends may be able to stay with you until it is time to go to the procedure room. When preparing for a laparoscopy, it's important to bring a list of allergies and current medications.
What Will Happen on the Day of Laparoscopic Surgery?On the day of your laparoscopy for endometriosis, at your scheduled time, you will be taken to a pre-procedure room. Make sure you have a list of your current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter medication, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking.
To prepare you for your surgery, your healthcare professional will first make sure that you have an intravenous line, or IV. You will be given drugs and fluids through your IV to help relax and comfort you during the procedure.
Patches will be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The EKG patches record the electrical activity of your heart during the procedure.
Your doctor may be available to answer any last-minute questions you have, and your family or friends may be able to stay with you until it is time for you to go to the procedure room.
The Operating RoomAs you are brought into the operating room, you can expect the room to be slightly cold, usually 60 to 65 degrees. Once you are positioned on the operating room table, a belt may be placed around you to provide for your safety. An automatic blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm and a pulse oximeter, which measures the oxygen levels in your blood, will be taped to your finger.
From the table, you will see anesthesia equipment, several monitors, lights above the operating table, and tables of sterile instruments. During this time, you may also hear many noises, such as loud, high- and low-pitched beeps. These are all normal and are of no cause for concern. Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia.