Re: Laparoscopy - scared to have it done
Okay, believe it or not, surgery has come a long way even in the past 20 years. Pain management is better, most of the time people don't come out of the anasthesia already in serious pain. Laparoscopy involves a very small incision, and therefore an easier recovery. Developing worse long-term problems as a result of the lap is very unlikely. (not impossible, but unlikely.)
Is it necessary? Well, if you do have endo, the surgeon can hopefully reduce your symptoms by removing some of the problem tissue at the same time. Also, you will then know what's going on for sure.
If you don't treat endo, usually the worst thing that happens is continued pain and possible infertility. It might get worse over time, especially if you get scarring inside your body, but it's unlikely to kill you.