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Laparoscopy is a type of surgery done through small cuts in the belly. Small tools and a scope with a tiny camera are placed through the cuts. This allows the doctor to see inside. Laparoscopy is popular because it usually shortens recovery time. It also leaves smaller scars in most cases.
Laparoscopic Instruments Being Placed in the Abdomen
Depending on what’s worked on, you may need to clean out your bowels.
Arrange for a ride home.
Eat a light meal the night before. Don’t eat or drink after midnight. You may get other information from your healthcare staff.
Talk to your doctor about all the medicines you take. You may need to stop take certain medicines up to 1 week in advance.
In most cases, you will have
anesthesia to keep you asleep.
Description of the Procedure
First, gas is placed into the belly to make it expand. This makes it easier to see the structures inside. The laparoscope is placed through small holes cut in the skin. Scopes can light, magnify, and project images onto a screen.
Sometimes, other cuts are made in the belly. Tiny tools are used to take biopsies or fix problems. The cuts are closed with stitches or clips.
How Long Will It Take?
The time depends on what is needed.
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Medicines will help ease pain after it.
To help you heal faster:
Remove the dressing the next day if advised.
Avoid heavy lifting or straining.
Don’t drink carbonated beverages for a brief period of time.
You may return to normal activity in about a week. Your doctor will talk to you about a care plan if a diagnosis is made. Biopsy results may take up to a week to come back.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
Fever or chills
Redness, swelling, pain, excess bleeding, or pus from the wound
Nausea or vomiting
Pain that you can’t control with the medicines you were given
Lightheadedness or fainting
Problems passing urine or having a bowel movement
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
Diagnostic laparoscopy patient information from SAGES. Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons website. Available at: https://www.sages.org/publications/patient-information/patient-information-for-diagnostic-laparoscopy-from-sages. March 1, 2015. Accessed July 2, 2018.
Laparoscopy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: https://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq061.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130723T1313462445. Updated July 2015. Accessed July 2, 2018.
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