Talk to your doctor about your medicines. If your surgery was not done as emergency treatment, you may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
Arrange for a ride home.
The night before, eat a light meal. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
You may be given:
General anesthesia, which is most common—blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; given through an IV in your hand or arm
Spinal anesthesia, which is used in very ill patients—the area from the chest down to the legs is numbed
Description of the Procedure
A long incision will be made in the skin on your abdomen. The organs will be examined for disease. The doctor may take a
biopsy. If the problem is something that can be repaired or removed, it will be done at this time. The opening will be closed using staples or stitches.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-4 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
Average Hospital Stay
You will be in the hospital several days. If you have problems, you may need to stay longer.
At the Hospital
You may need to wear special socks or boots to help prevent blood clots.
You may have a foley catheter for a short time to help you urinate.
You may use an incentive spirometer to help you breathe deeply.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chance of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
Not allowing others to touch your incision
It may take several weeks for you to recover.
Follow your doctor's
The doctor will remove the sutures or staples in 7-10 days.
Take proper care of the incision site. This will help to prevent an infection.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
During the first two weeks, rest and avoid lifting.
Slowly increase your activities. Begin with light chores, short walks, and some driving. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.