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How effective is laparoscopy in treating endometriosis?

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Laparoscopy is just as effective as laparotomy at saving your fertility and relieving pain. In both types of surgery, about 20% to 30% of women will have their endometriosis return within 5 years.

The advantage of laparoscopy is a faster recovery that’s less painful. You will probably have to stay in the hospital for several days after a laparotomy, and you may need several weeks to recover. During your recovery at home, you may be restricted from doing some everyday activities.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis -- Treatment.”

National Institutes of Health: “What are the treatments for endometriosis?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Endometriosis.org: “Surgery,” “Laparoscopy: Before and after tips,” “Hysterectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Exploratory Laparotomy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis -- Treatment.”

National Institutes of Health: “What are the treatments for endometriosis?”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Endometriosis.org: “Surgery,” “Laparoscopy: Before and after tips,” “Hysterectomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Exploratory Laparotomy.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 09, 2018

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