Surgery isn’t always required to treat endometriosis, but it may be one of the options that your doctor asks you to consider. If your symptoms haven’t been relieved by medication or you are experiencing endometriosis complications, surgery may be able to help. Different kinds of surgery can be performed depending on your needs, for example to tackle specific endometriosis complications such as fertility problems, cysts or adhesions. If you do need to have surgery, it is important to know what to expect.
All surgical procedures come with a small risk of complications. If you have surgery for endometriosis, you are likely to have some bleeding and bruising around the surgical incision. Other less common complications include:
The doctor will ensure that you understand these risks so that you can make an informed decision about surgery and recognise the signs if you experience problems after the operation.
Although surgery can be very effective at reliving the symptoms of endometriosis, you shouldn’t expect to feel great right after the procedure. You will feel tired, sore and groggy for the first few days and you will need to rest for at least a fortnight. The recovery time will depend on the type of surgery you’ve had, but you will need to take some time off. It is important to take good care of the surgical wound as it heals and to avoid strenuous physical activities until your body is ready.
Once you have recovered from surgery, you should start to notice the beneficial effects. As your endometriosis complications and symptoms should improve, you may find that your energy levels and mood get better too. You may not notice an improvement during your first period after surgery. In fact, the first few periods may be heavier or more painful than before, until your body has healed.
You should be aware that endometriosis is a chronic condition that cannot be cured completely. Knowing that there is always a chance your symptoms could come back can be worrying, so it is important to continue seeking support from friends, family and other people who have had the same experiences. If you’re worried or you think your symptoms have come back, you should consult your doctor.