Friday, April 3, 2009

Laparoscopy/hysteroscopy update

Finally with it enough to post about yesterday's surgery.

First of all, thank you all for writing in with your personal stories and experiences. And Nina, thanks for writing in from the perspective of an OR nurse. My belly button has never been so clean!

The nurse called me in for the surgery a little late, around 12:45. Had me walk into the OR, resign some consents, go over my allergies. Open my mouth for the anesthesiologist ("that's as wide as you can open it?" yup.) Then they hooked up some EKG leads, put a mask on my face and my RE said, " I'll make sure you're ok." That's the last thing I remember.

I woke up in the recovery room to my RE telling me he was surprised to find lots of endometriosis once he got in there. Both on top of and behind my uterus. Ultimately, he classified it as stage 3 endometriosis. He said he cleaned it all out.

There were two stages of recovery. One in a bed and then later on, sitting in a lounge type chair where I was offered something to eat. Mouth was super dry and I was a little nauseated. Lots of urethral pain (presumably from the catheter). But all in all, not so bad.

RE came by again in the second recovery area to go over everything again. Hysteroscopy normal. Moderate endometriosis, which he seemed pretty excited to have discovered. Funny to have all of it because I've never really had anything much in the way of symptoms.

Hoping this will have some positive effect on getting/staying pregnant.

All right, now, back to bed with me. Very, very sleepy.


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  1. In some ways it is helpful that they found endometriosis. It may answer some of the questions that you have about your IVF and pregnancy experiences.

    I too had no symptoms of endo, and was completely surprised when I was diagnosed following a laparoscopy.

    Did they remove any of the endo?

    I am hopeful that this represents a positive step forward for you guys.

  2. Glad to hear you made it through without a hitch! And now you get to lay around and do nothing for a few days. I'm actually looking forward to that part!

    I'll be curious about your pain and bloatiness over the next few days as that's what I'm worried about.

    So happy you made it no problems!

  3. I am glad you came out of it ok - and I hope this is part of they solution

  4. In a twisted sort of way it's good to have answers, and to have a reason for IF and IVF failing. It sucks to have Endo, because it's an auto-immune disease that makes one more vulnerable for other diseases.

    I hope the gas doesn't bother you, and that the urethra pain disappears soon. A heating pad or hot water bottle works wonders for the gas, and so does moving around (slowly!).

    On the urethra front: it took a few days for the flow to return to normal, so don't worry about that.

    Rest up, and take it super easy. Thinking of you.

  5. Well, I hope that you have found a solution to the problem with this lap. Do you have any idea when you can cycle again? Pulling for you! Rest up and feel better!

  6. This sounds like good news. That could be the little sucker causing the problems. I hope they can take care of it sooner than later and you kids can try again..making it successful :) I am praying and keeping my fingers crossed.

    Take it easy over there and keep us posted. Glad it all went well.

    Take care,

  7. Sorry for the discovery, but, glad at the same time so they better know how to handle things.

    Did they remove any?

    Rest up!!! :) You may be feeling rockstar, but, this is the time to pamper yourself from the inside out!

  8. Alright! A reason why those beauties didn't stick last time. This is really hopeful news. Now rest up!

  9. So glad to hear from you! You have been on the minds of many. Hope you're feeling well soon!

  10. Glad you are o.k. and recovering. Get some rest and then get back here and tell us if your RE got rid of the endo and if that will help.

  11. So glad to hear an update! Crazy all the endo they found - no symptoms! It worries me what might be growing in my ute!

    Rest well and feel better!

  12. Isn't it weird how you can be so happy that they found something. Happy recovery!!!

  13. Best of luck to you in your recovery and hopefully this was just the thing that will help it stick next time.

    Take care!

  14. Get some good sleep, sweetie, and yay for endometriosis! Seriously, it would be fantastic if this might have been some of your problem - it's a direction to take - something concrete to deal with - next time, that you wouldn't have known about otherwise, and that's always a good thing.

  15. Great to hear from you. I hope this diagnosis is a big step forward for you guys.

  16. I hope you are back to 100% soon and the endo removal has an impact even if you didn't have symptoms that it was there.

  17. so glad that you are feeling better! i am also hopeful that the discovery of the endo will be good for future cycles :)

    hang in there. continue to drink fluids and get tons of rest! :)

  18. I'm glad you are doing well and that you got more information! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  19. Glad you made it through with relatively few yucky side effects. Such a drag, but hopefully they scraped you out (as they did me before my pg 8 years ago). Apparently this made all the difference for me. Hoping for good things in the future!

  20. I am glad you made it through and it is a good thing they found it. I hope this helps you!

  21. Hopefully finding the endometriosis will be helpful in moving you towards pregnancy. Glad to hear your recovery is moving along well...Feel better soon!

  22. Reading your post took me back to my lap. I was amazed, too, at the belly button's starring role. Glad to hear your resting and wishing you a speedy recovery and a clean, well functioning "ute."

  23. Hope you continue to do well w/your recovery. I am very encouraged by what they found -- maybe (hopefully!) this is the key to future success! Am so relieved for you that it is over, and with such a good result.


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