Following is a list of other surgeries that many EndoWarriors have endured. The most common we hear about are “laparoscopy” or “excision” or “ablation.” There are many more…If you have had a surgery that isn’t identified here, please contact me and I would be more than happy to incorporate it. Each category will lead you to a plethora of examples of other Warriors who have had the same.

Compare notes, reach out, learn together, advocate for yourselves. Know that you are not alone.

Excision versus ablation

Let me preface this section with not all Endo surgeons are created equal. And not all Endo surgeries are the same. If you can, fight for a skilled surgeon who is practiced in wide-margin excision techniques. Remove the lesion rather than burn it off and leave unhealthy, hidden tissue behind.

The removal of the appendix.

The partial resection or full removal of the bladder due to disease and/or complications.

The removal of any part of the bowel, whether it be the small intestine, large intestine, and/or rectum. It may require the temporary or permanent placement of an ostomy bag.

The removal of the gallbladder.

The removal of a cyst (ovarian cystectomy, for example). Also, the fancy-pants name for a the partial or full removal of the bladder (see Bladder Resection above).

A surgical procedure where the uterine lining is scraped out and removed. This may be done under local or general anesthesia.

Whether partial or full, a hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. It may help relieve some symptoms (and in some women: all), but there is no guarantee. It may involve only the removal of the uterus, or also include the cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.

A procedure that is considered less-invasive than a laparotomy. May be referred to as “keyhole” or “minimally-invasive.” May be robotic-assisted, such as with a Da Vinci machine.

A surgical procedure using large incisions to explore, ablate, and/or excise Endometriosis lesions or adhesions.

The removal of one or both ovaries.

The removal of one or both fallopian tubes.

A surgical procedure wherein the surgeon can examine, biopsy, or resection of disease of the pleural lining of the lungs and/or thoracic cavity.