What are the best questions to ask before my Laproscopic Surgery?

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I’m having surgery Wednesday the 24th to hopefully diagnose and treat suspected endometriosis

I have a pre-op with my gynecologist Tuesday. 

I’m a bit apprehensive about the surgery, I had originally planned to have a consultation with a endometriosis Specialist two hours north of where I live, but not only is my co-pay higher with that clinic, I also couldn’t even be scheduled to simply talk to the surgeon until April!

Instead I decided to express my want to have surgery with my local gynecologist and she agreed that surgery would be best. The only thing is, because of some issues with my heart I cannot have the surgery done at a surgery center where a gynecologist experienced in diagnosing and removing endo would have preformed the surgery along side my gynecologist. Now I’ve been scheduled to have surgery at a hospital, but only with my regular gynecologist. 

She’s a very well rated gynecologist, and obviously she’s qualified to preform surgery. I’m worried that I have been experiencing all this pain and discomfort and I will go through the surgery only to be told I don’t have endometriosis! Then what?! 

I have many symptoms associated with bowel endometriosis. I have terrible diarrhea around my periods, and a sharp pain in my rectum that gets particularly strong also during my period. During a physical exam my gynecologist said she could feel a nodule. Yet, another gynecologist I saw (in Washington) said she couldn’t feel one. 

The doctor preforming the surgery has not requested a bowel prep. Isn’t that something that is typically done before a surgery where working near bowels might be a possibility??

What questions would you suggest I ask on the visit a day prior to the surgery? 

Thanks for reading and helping!!

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    Rosegrey I tottaly understand what you are going through. I hope and pray you answers! For months now I have had upper and lower abdominal pain along with with shooting pelvic pain and weird shooting pains in my bowel. I have had every test possible ct scans with and without contrast MRI's bloodwork of all kinds upper gi scopes everything has came back good. Finally at Christmas dinner my nephews gf said to me maybe you have endometriosis the more n more she talked about it and then the more n more i read about it i was like OMG. So i go to my gyno and about 6 years ago i had an ablasion because my periods were so bad and he said to me you kno when I did your ablasion you were then diagnosed with adenomyosis witch is kinda like emdemtetriosis no I did not kno this idk if I just dident remember or what but I don't remember him ever even telling me this. I also have cyst and fibroids. Anyway sorry I'm going on and on but what we decided to do was put me on birth control for 2 months 2 see if that would help it's been a month so far and I am still dying in pain this has ruined my life I'm ready to tell him to just please go ahead and do the laparoscopic surgery but my biggest fear is what if it's not emdemtetriosis??? But it's the only way we are gonna kno. I hope and pray for you that when you get this surgury that they find the problem for you! I have never wanted there so bad for there to b something wrong with me I'm praying that mine is the emdemtetriosis and they can get it out so my pain can be gone and I can have my life back! Good luck to you and please keep me updated and let me kno bow things went for u! ?

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    So sorry Joann und Rosegrey. I feel Ur pains I wished I could just close and open my eyes and all pain is gone. I had laparoscopy 6 months ago yet I still feel pains during my menstruation then 10days after my period I feel lower abdominal pains that lasted for 48hrs. I don't who to talk to but I have an appointment on the 30th this month with my Dr. I hope I will get a positive response from her. We have also been TTC. I wished someone with similar issue could talk to me.

    But ladies you have to hang on there and keep our fingers crossed🤞that soon all will be over and we would continue with our normal life.

    Stay healthy.

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      Jenny I am so disappointed to hear this! I already kno I will have to get the laparoscopy surgury because the pill is doing nothing for me. I am 43 he did tell me if I got laparoscopic and it dident work I would have to think about getting a hysterectomy I mean I'm done having kids but just don't like the other things that come along with it. When they went in did they say 4 sure u had endometriosis? I hope u get some answers soon as I kno it's so terrible living with this pain. I don't even remember what it's like anymore to not have stomach pain n I'm so ready to have my life back!

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      Yes Joann, the Dr. Did said I have endometriosis and suggested I go foe IVF since conceiving naturally is too slime but with the ivf it's 34 - 40%. We are yet to decide Becos we have to pay 50% of the money and my insurance covers 50%. Hope fully we will raise some money but am scared the endo increases as I ovulate, I don't know what to do.

      Goodluck in your surgery...

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