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What is laparotomy for endometriosis?

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This is major surgery, with one large cut in your belly. Doctors usually only use it when you have severe endometriosis that they can’t treat with laparoscopy.

During laparotomy, your doctor may remove your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus (hysterectomy) if they’ve been damaged or if they have endometriosis on them -- and you’ve agreed in advance to this.

Even after this type of surgery, your endometriosis can come back, along with its pain. It happens to up to 15% of women who have a total hysterectomy and both of their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

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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