After the Laparoscopy
Some pain or throbbing is possible where the small cuts were made. The doctor may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever.
If stitches were used, a follow-up appointment for removal of stitches may be scheduled in a week or two as directed.
Sometimes the carbon dioxide gas can trigger shoulder pain after the procedure. Some of the same nerves that reach the shoulder are present in the diaphragm, and the gas may irritate the diaphragm. The pain goes away over time.
Pressure from the gas may cause a sensation of needing to urinate more often and more urgently. This sensation goes away over time.
The doctor will determine when eating and drinking can be resumed.
Once a person has sufficiently recovered, he or she can be sent home. Someone else should drive.
Next Steps after Laparoscopy
If the procedure was for diagnosis of a condition or to view a diseased organ, the patient will meet with the doctor to go over the results of the exploratory surgery. For other procedures, follow up with your doctor as advised. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity until fully recovered.
Taking care of yourself at home
Be guided by your doctor but general suggestions include:
Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days to one week.
Don't engage in any strenuous physical activity for about a week or so.
Remove your bandages the following day. Keep wounds dry.
Following a pelvic laparoscopy, use sanitary napkins instead of tampons to cope with any vaginal bleeding or discharge.
If you experience high fever, chills, vomiting, difficulties urinating, increasing redness at the incision site or a worsening of pain, contact your doctor immediately.