Small incisions will be made in the belly. Gas is placed into the belly to make it expand. This makes it easier to see the structures inside. Tools are passed through the small incisions. The procedure will be done. The tools will be removed. The incisions will be closed with stitches, tape, or staples. Bandages will be put on the incisions.
How Long Will It Take?
How long it takes depends on the procedure
Will It Hurt?
Pain and swelling are common in the first few days. Medicine and home care help
At the Hospital
Right after the procedure, the staff may give you pain medicine.
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 about 2 weeks to recover. Physical activity will be limited during this time.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
Redness, swelling, excess bleeding, or discharge from the incision
Pain that you cannot control with medicine
Nausea or vomiting
Lightheadedness or fainting
Problems passing urine or stool
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed December 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 4/21/2021
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