Endometriosis Resection

When a patient has symptoms that may be consistent with endometriosis. This may be a first procedure or a secondary procedure if symptoms recur.

Endometriosis Resection

When a patient has symptoms that may be consistent with endometriosis. This may be a first procedure or a secondary procedure if symptoms recur.

Overview

What is endometriosis resection?

  • This entails keyhole surgery (5-10mm incision at the belly button, and 2-3 other 5mm incisions).
  • A camera is placed through the belly button to view the pelvis.
  • A device is placed on the cervix to manipulate the uterus.
  • The abdomen and pelvis are 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

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.
Recovery

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 the 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 the 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.
Follow-up

What happens afterwards?

  • This will occur 6-12 weeks after the initial operation.
  • If any issues occur when discharged home, patients can contact the Wakefield Specialist centre directly.
  • Our providers will be on call to assist when necessary.
Further Reading

Links to additional resources

What is endometriosis resection?

  • This entails keyhole surgery (5-10mm incision at the belly button, and 2-3 other 5mm incisions).
  • A camera is placed through the belly button to view the pelvis.
  • A device is placed on the cervix to manipulate the uterus.
  • The abdomen and pelvis are 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 the 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 the 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.

What happens afterwards?

  • This will occur 6-12 weeks after the initial operation.
  • If any issues occur when discharged home, patients can contact the Wakefield Specialist centre directly.
  • Our providers will be on call to assist when necessary.

Links to additional resources

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Advanced training

We have advanced training in laparoscopy and have completed accredited laparoscopic units in Australia in order to further our expertise in this area.

Up-to-date technology

We are up-to-date in terms of technology and modern methods of investigation and treatment, and continue to maintain this level of advanced service.

Minimal approach

We have the ability and expertise to manage surgical procedures using minimal access approaches. This includes using keyhole surgery wherever possible.