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Diagnosing and treating Endometriosis
Procedures and techniques most often involved in diagnosing and treating Endometriosis
include Laparoscopy, Laparotomy, Laser Surgery and Hysterectomy.
Laparoscopy is a procedure used to observe a woman's uterus, ovaries and fallopian
tubes directly in order to detect and diagnose adhesions, cysts, ectopic pregnancy,
endometriosis and blocked fallopian tubes. It can also be utilized to perform a vaginal
hysterectomy, or to perform a tubal ligation in order to sterilize the woman. This
procedure requires special skills and training therefore my first piece of advice is to ask
your doctor about the surgeon's experience and record of successful Laparoscopies.
After general anesthesia, the surgeon makes a 1 to 1« inch incision just below the navel
and then inserts a long, thin needle, which is used to pump carbon dioxide or nitrous
oxide into the abdominal cavity. This gas raises the intestines to expose the underlying
pelvic organs. Then the surgeon inserts, though the same incision, a tube which
contains a sharp metal instrument called a trocar. This tube, or cannula, is also used to
insert a laparoscope which is similar to a periscope with a light. Other surgical
instruments can also be inserted thru the cannula when necessary.
My second piece of advice is to NOT allow the surgeon to use a local anesthetic because
this will usually allow a very uncomfortable bloating sensation during the operation.
After completion of this procedure, the gas is removed and the incision is stitched and
bandaged. If there aren't complications, the patient can usually leave the hospital within
8 hours and can resume normal activities including having sexual relations, within a day
or so. If any gas remains in the abdomen she will feel some pain under her ribs or in her
shoulder for as long as a week. Occasionally there will be some vaginal bleeding for a
week or so as well.
Considered a relatively safe procedure, laparoscopy involves less pain, risk or scarring
compared to when the procedure is done through a regular abdominal incision. However
there can be unhappy results such as abscess formation, inflammation of the lining of the
abdominal cavity, or even organ damage from the instruments used. And of course, there
is always the risks associated with anesthesia.
Laparotomy is the use of a regular abdominal incision to explore, diagnose or treat many
conditions including appendicitis, ovarian cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease,
endometriosis and etc. It is used to remove ovaries, uterine fibroids, the appendix etc. It
can also be used to reverse a tubal ligation. It is a major surgery with all the usual
It always requires general anesthesia and a 4-6 inch incision in the lower abdomen, just
above the pubic region. Recovery time, according to the performing doctors, is usually a
few days in the hospital and 2-4 weeks confined to the home. Complete recovery usually
takes about 6 weeks, they say. The information I have seen suggests that this time period
is more likely to be a year or so! Risks involved include bleeding that could require a
transfusion, infection, blood clots, perforation of the small intestine, abnormal scarring,
reactions to anesthesia or, rarely, death.
Laser Surgery involves concentrated light waves carried via a gas such as argon or carbon
dioxide. The powerful beams of light are used as a scalpel to cut or vaporize tissue and
seal off blood vessels. The procedure requires extensive training and very expensive
machinery. Laser surgery generally involves less pain, bleeding, risk of infection or other
complication and less recovery time than traditional surgeries. While some laser surgery
is done on an outpatient basis, when used for endometriosis it is always part of a standard
surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and an incision. It can sometimes cause
excessive bleeding, but this is rare. Other complications are also quite rare.