Surgery

Find out how best to prepare for your upcoming endometriosis surgery

Introduction

It’s understandable to feel nervous about your upcoming surgery. Know that we stand by you every step of the way. The information on this page will help you prepare. You can also join our Facebook Group community for ongoing peer-to-peer support.

Surgical treatment and investigation

Surgery for endometriosis involves removing or destroying endometriosis tissue. The type of surgery depends on where the endometriosis is and how extensive it is. Laparoscopy, a keyhole surgery method, is commonly used for this purpose.

Multidisciplinary team meeting (MDT)

You might have a multidisciplinary team meeting (MDT) before surgery. This meeting ensures you receive a high-quality of care and is essential in optimising patient management. It involves various medical professionals collaborating to plan the best treatment approach for you.

Before surgery

It’s important to follow any pre-surgery instructions given by your healthcare provider. This may include fasting or preparing your body for surgery. Make sure you read and understand all the preoperative paperwork. If you have any problems, drop in to our Facebook Group for peer-to-peer support.

Essentials to pack

For your hospital stay, pack essentials like comfortable clothing, toiletries, and any necessary personal items. You might also want to include items such as an eye mask, ear plugs, hot water bottle and pillows for comfort during your recovery post-surgery. Download your ‘essentials to pack’ checklist here.

Post-surgery

After surgery, you must follow your doctor’s advice for recovery. This may include rest, taking prescribed medications, and attending follow-up appointments. You can also visit our taking care of yourself page for more helpful advice.

Post-surgery meal suggestions

Post-operative meals should be light and easy to digest. Focus on healthy foods that aid your healing and recovery. Your healthcare team may provide specific dietary recommendations.

What to expect during post-op

Post-operative recovery varies depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Common experiences include pain, fatigue, and limited mobility initially. Follow your doctor’s guidelines on gradually getting back to your usual routine.

Laparoscopy checklist

A laparoscopy checklist can also help you prepare for your surgery. This checklist may include items to bring to the hospital, pre-surgery preparations, and post-surgery care instructions.

Download your laparoscopy checklist here. Print it off and keep it handy while you’re packing.

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