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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Some questions to consider asking before undergoing laparoscopic surgery for Endometriosis are:

  • How many Laparoscopies to diagnose and treat Endometriosis has the surgeon performed?
  • How long has the surgeon been performing them?
  • Is it the intention of the surgeon to destroy Endometriosis at the time of the laparoscopy? If so, what method will be utilized (excision, ablation, etc.)?
  • How successful do they believe that method to be and why?
  • If the laparoscopy will be strictly diagnostic and no therapeutic measures will be taken, what is the reason for that?
  • Are biopsies going to be performed and sent to pathology?
  • Will the surgeon be assisted by other surgical professionals such as a bowel specialist to treat Endometriosis in that area?
  • Will a bowel resection be necessary?
  • Will the surgeon search for and recognize Endometriosis in all manifestations, in all regions?
  • Will the patient be provided with copies of her surgical reports and any pictures or videotapes?
  • What does the surgeon expect to accomplish with the laparoscopy in terms of outcome, i.e., restoration of fertility and pain relief?
  • What is the general recurrence rates in patients the surgeon has treated?
  • Will adhesion barriers be used? If so, what kind? If not, why not?