An incision will be made in the belly. The tissue will be moved back into place. Weaker muscles may be sewn together. Mesh may be used to help create a new belly wall.
The incision will be closed with stitches or staples. A bandage will be placed over the site.
Small incisions will be made around the site. A tube will be passed through one of the incisions. It will push gas into the belly. This will make it easier for the doctor to view the area. A camera will allow the doctor to see inside the belly. Other tools will be passed through the incisions. They will be used to repair the area. Tissue will be pushed back into place. The belly wall will be closed.
The incisions will be closed with stitches or staples. A bandage will be placed over the site.
How Long Will It Take?
Less than 2 hours
Will It Hurt?
Pain and swelling are common in the first few days. Medicine and home care help
Average Hospital Stay
Most people will be able to go home the same day. If you have problems, you may need to stay longer.
After laparoscopic surgery, it may take about a week to recover. Open surgery may take a bit longer.
During recovery, you will need to avoid straining and heavy lifting.
At the Hospital
Right after the procedure, the staff may give you pain medicines.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to lower your risk of infection, such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to lower your risk of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and staff to do the same
Reminding staff to wear gloves or masks
Not letting others touch your incisions
It will take two weeks for the incision and muscles to fully heal. Physical activity will be limited during this time. You may need to delay return to work.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
Redness, swelling, excess bleeding, or discharge from the incision
Nausea or vomiting
Pain that you cannot control with the medicine
Problems with urination including bleeding that does not go away
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed February 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 1/8/2021
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