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How Long Did It Take You To Recover From Laparoscopy?
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I am debating when and if to get the laprascopy to get a real diagnosis. I work as a Massage Therapist, without PTO and am also still recovering from Lymphoma. Its been a hard year.
To alleviate some of the endo pain and have a "band aid" solution until surgery I went on the BC Pill, Apri, which is a low dose of hormones. Currently on month 3 and its barely helping. I guess my ? is how long was your recovery from the lap? Ive been given vague answers like 2-6 weeks!

posted November 14
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I think it depends on how big the incisions are and how well your body is able to heal. I'm 23 and I have no other health conditions. My surgeon did a keyhole laparoscopy and the incisions were very small (literally the size of a keyhole). She said I could start walking after 2 days. I didn't really do much except for walking around until Week 2. I went on a cottage trip on Week 2 and ended up canoeing. However, because you had lymphoma, that might impact the speed of recovery. So I would assume you would need the longer side of the range to recover (6 weeks or more) likely.

posted November 19
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member

6 weeks would be the most appropriate time you will need to recover. You will feel better by 4 weeks, but to add physical stress to your body is not recommended.

posted November 17
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member

I have done several, i am usually back to work in 1 week. Still minor pain but tolerant to work with.

posted November 14
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member

They said a week off work for me but I wish I'd taken two (I'm a teacher so on my feet all day). I'm week 4 after surgery and I can do most normal activities (no intense exercise though) but my tummy constantly feels like it's done a workout because of the healing and my incision sites are still sore. However, I got the IUD inserted at the same time and I think that's caused me a great deal of pain - it's hard to know what's IUD pain and what's post-op pain. But either way the validation of having the surgery and having the diagnosis confirmed made it worth having the surgery. It took me a year to make the decision but I'm glad I did and would do it again. We get gaslit so much by doctors telling us it's normal, or in our heads, or just part of life - even up until the day of surgery I kept being told 80% of people who have the surgery don't find endo, but everyone I've heard of who's had the surgery has found endo. So in terms of having the diagnosis confirmed, it was the best decision I made. Hope that helps and good luck!

posted November 25
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member

I'm sorry you've been going through a rough time. Recovery from lap was 2-4 weeks. At 4 weeks I felt good but still had a bit of fatigue which is normal. Keep in mind, my cervix was not taken; when the cervix is removed, the recovery time might be longer. I was out for 6 weeks because I had enough leave time from work. One thing I can say, is the debilitating pain from endo and adenomyosis are gone!

posted November 17

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