Laparoscopy experience in 2018 started as part of TTC (Trying To Conceive) journey I went through. My husband and I married in 2011. It’s been several years and yet we were unable to conceive naturally. After various recommendations we decided to see dr. Luky Satria, SpOG at RS Mayapada Lebak Bulus, Jakarta.
Meticulous investigation deduced that my endometriosis problem interferes with our attempt to conceive. A condition treatable by laparoscopy surgery.
What Is Laparoscopy
Laparoscopy is commonly used to treat women with endometriosis problems. It is performed using small cuts (incisions), thin instruments and a camera. Recovery time is quicker. It allows for shorter hospital stay, less pain and smaller scars. You can read about laparoscopy in this page.
Where, Who, When
I selected to have the surgery performed at Griya Husada of RS. Fatmawati because it was closest to my house and the cost was well within my budget. The aforementioned doctor will performed the surgery. It was scheduled at September, 24th, 2018 at 16.00.
As preliminary tests I did chest x-ray, urine analysis, electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood tests. I had appointments with a cardiologist, an internist and an anaesthetist as part of preoperative preparation. These will help surgeons better understand the existing condition of a patient.
Essentials To Pack
Here are a list of essentials to pack to the hospital:
1. Loose clothing. Dresses without any elastics at the waist are best. They provide enough room to move without being restrictive.
2. Adult diapers. Very useful when you’re not strong enough yet for restroom trips. Ensure you have the right size. I brought a size too small and it was uncomfortable to wear.
3. Granny panties. Big panties with waistband that comes above your waistline and made out of cotton are life savers. They don’t end up on your surgical scars and are comfortable to wear.
4. Chargers for your phones, tablets, laptops or any device you want to bring with you.
5. Dry shampoo and facial wipes. Useful to save you from those bathroom trips.
For bowel prep I consumed only plain rice porridge and drank only water for two days prior surgery. Eight hours ahead of procedure I drank a bottle of laxative to clear out the bowel.
On the day of surgery my last meal was at 07.00. an hour later I took another bottle of laxative as prescribed and stopped consuming anything by 09.00.
Depending on your conditions your doctor may prescribe a slightly different method of bowel prepping so always consult with your doctor.
Anxiety and Support System
I learned as much as I can about the upcoming procedure to help me overcome nervousness and anxiety. Throwing a lot of questions to the doctors I met during preoperative prep really helped. Googling about laparoscopy experience is another good step of preparation.
Knowing what to expect make me feel less apprehensive. As this was my first laparoscopy experience I found that I was also a bit excited.
I was very fortunate to have a fully supportive system of family and friends that I can count on. These people provided me with comfort and support.
Upon arrival a coordinating nurse assisted me with hospital administrations. Later an orderly wheeled me into the prep room where I changed to a hospital gown. Then they took me to the operating theatre.
Another nurse helped me get onto the operating table while a team of medical personnels was preparing for the surgery. Then someone put an anaesthesia mask on me and I went to a deep sleep.
It felt like minutes later when I heard the nurse calling me, trying to wake me. It was too cold and I was shivering but other than that I was comfortable. The whole procedure took about 2,5 hours.
Recovering At The Hospital
It was natural to experience some discomfort after surgery. My main discomfort was the soreness in my larynx.
During surgery my abdomen was inflated with carbon dioxide gas. The gas allows the doctor to see internal organs clearly. Since I would have trouble breathing naturally I was connected to a ventilator by a breathing tube inserted to the laryngeal airway. This caused some discomfort afterwards. I can’t swallow very well so I need consume soft food. Drinking was also a problem, swallowing hurts.
I hated having catheter attached. It restricted my movement. Thankfully by noon it was taken off. For a few hours I wore adult diapers before I have the strength to go the restroom myself. I also managed to eat a lot more, albeit still tender food.
On the second day I managed to sit up and tried to walk around a bit. There was no dizziness but I did felt exhausted afterwards. Gradually I taught my body to be up and running again.
By the third day I asked my doctor if I could be discharged from the hospital. My body responded well post surgery and rapidly healing. I was back home that night.
Recovering At Home
I went home from the hospital slightly sluggish and stayed in bed over the next fews days to regain my strength. I ate only soft food and tried to drink loads of water. The doctor prescribed antibiotics, anti-nausea drug and painkiller. I took antibiotics until they were all gone. But I didn’t take anti-nausea drug or painkiller as I didn’t feel nauseous nor in pain.
It felt uncomfortable to move despite no distressing pain. I wore abdominal binder to reduce discomfort the first few days. However I didn’t wear it all day because it’s not advisable to bind your tummy too much after surgery.
It took me a week to finally able to roam about and almost five months to ease back to my workout regime.
It’s important to remember our bodies take time to heal. Everyone is healing at different stages. Some healed faster and others took longer time. You need to listen to your own body and always consult your doctor.
The total expense for my surgery was IDR. 26.420.400,-. This includes board, medicine, surgical equipments, specialists’ examinations and laboratory tests. Keep in mind the surgery was performed in 2018. Please consult your own hospital for updated cost.
That’s all I have to share about my laparoscopy experience in 2018. I hope it gives you some insight about the surgery and helpful to those facing the same procedure.
Have you had similar procedure performed? Please share your laparoscopy experience in the comment sections below. Or maybe you have some questions? Feel free to contact me or write in the comment sections. I’ll try to answer them if I can.
Thanks for reading, guys!