My workplace is very nosy too. I find the passive aggressive approach works well.
"Why do you need time off?"
"For investigative abdominal surgery"
"Ooh what for?"
"To investigate my abdomen"
"Oh what's wrong?"
"That's what they're investigating..."
By that point they usually laugh it off and move on.
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(People usually assume intestinal issues which is another bonus)
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I had a lap about 9 weeks ago. Decided to go ahead as everything else was normal (all bloods, HSG, ultrasounds, regular cycle, normal periods etc.) and we'd been TTC for about 18 months. Endo was a possibility.
My FS could have done the lap, but I asked to be referred to 'the best surgeon' in case I did have endo (if I had it, I wanted the best person to operate). Turned out I had Stage 4 -severe endo. Pretty asymptomatic! The only real sign (which I didn't realise was a sign) was a bit of ongoing IBS.
Is your surgeon an endometriosis specialist? I.e., is that what they're known for - excision surgery? Make sure it's not a general gyno or FS operating unless they are really specialised in endo excision surgery (which is where they cut it, not burn it, out. There are only a handful in each capital city who are. My surgeon says that your first op is the most important to get right.
My surgery was about 3 hours and my recovery took around 2-3 weeks. First 8 days were slow (couldn't stay upright for longer than an hour or two). I turned a corner on day 9 and by day 11 I was able to drive again. I didn't find it particularly painful, just found my abdomen was very swollen (they put 1.5L of anti-adhesive fluid in it) and I'd get quite dizzy if I stayed upright too long. I did start doing a bit of work from home from day 6. My surgeon recommended 2 weeks off work, and I definitely needed that (couldn't have gone into the office).
Wishing you all the best.
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