You have been diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease that affects your reproductive organs and your monthly menstrual cycle. It can cause cramps and pain during your periods or pelvic pain throughout the month. Some cases cause infertility (the inability to become pregnant).
There is no cure for endometriosis, but you can be treated. You and your doctor decided on laparoscopic treatment for you. During your procedure, the doctor made small incisions in your abdomen and used surgical instruments to remove or treat the diseased tissue. Your incisions and the area around them may be sore or tender. You may also feel pain in your upper back or shoulders. This is from the gas used to enlarge your abdomen to allow your doctor to see and treat the endometriosis. This pain usually goes away within a day or two.
Here's what you can do at home to help with your recovery.
Plan to rest for a week after your surgery, although you may feel OK within a few days.
While you recover, have friends or family help you with chores and errands.
Walk as often as you feel able.
Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds to avoid straining your incisions.
Don’t push a vacuum or do other strenuous housework until the doctor says it’s OK.
Climb stairs slowly and pause after every few steps.
Don’t drive for a few days after the surgery. You may drive as soon as you are able to move comfortably from side to side as long as you aren't taking any narcotics.
Take your medication exactly as directed. Don’t skip doses.
Continue with the coughing and deep breathing exercises that you learned in the hospital.
Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day unless directed otherwise.
Use a laxative or a mild stool softener if your doctor says it’s OK.
Shower as usual.
Wash your incision with mild soap and water. Pat it dry. Don’t use oils, powders, or lotions on your incision.
Don’t have sexual intercourse or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it’s safe to do so.
Report hot flashes, mood swings, and irritability to your doctor. There may be medications that can help you.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Redness, swelling, or drainage at your incision site
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
Pain that is not relieved by your medication
Any unusual bleeding
Dizziness or fainting
Abdominal pain and swelling that get worse
Nausea and vomiting