What is endometriosis resection?
- This entails keyhole surgery (5-10mm incision at the bellybutton, and 2-3 other 5mm incisions).
- A camera is placed through the bellybutton to view the pelvis.
- A device is placed on the cervix to manipulate the uterus.
- The abdomen and pelvis is carefully explored, and abnormal tissue removed (excised).
- Cysts (endometrioma) may be removed from the ovaries.
When is endometriosis resection performed?
When a patient has symptoms that may be consistent with endometriosis. This may be a first procedure or a secondary procedure if symptoms recur.
How is it the procedure performed?
Location: at Wakefield Specialist Centre
Anaesthetic: the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning the patient is asleep.
Duration of the operation: this depends on the extent of disease. Mild to moderate causes may take 45 to 90 minutes. Severe cases may take 2-4 hours.
What should I expect after endometriosis resection?
When you wake up: you will have an IV line in the arm or hand. A bladder catheter may also be present. The anaesthetist will have a management plan in place for pain to ensure you are comfortable.
Nights in hospital: most cases require a single night in hospital. Some patients will go home the same day (if mild disease is found).
Time off work: 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of surgery required.
When back to normal functioning: exercise when you feel able, generally 1-2 weeks. You can have sex again when you feel able to, generally 1-2 weeks.
- This will occur 3-6 weeks after the initial operation.
- If any issues occur when discharged home, patients can contact the Wakefield Specialist centre directly.
- Dr McDowell and Dr Bedford will be on call to assist when necessary.