Because it is still surgery, anesthesia will be used. Therefore, patients will need to avoid food and drink for at least eight hours before the surgery. Patients should also discuss their current medications with their physician, as they may need to be altered. The physician will explain whether the procedure will be done on an outpatient basis or if an overnight stay is expected. However, even if it is an outpatient procedure, the patient will not be able to drive.
Following the procedure, the patient will be kept in a recovery room while her vitals are monitored. Recovery from a laparoscopic procedure is far easier than recovery from a traditional abdominal surgery. However, the patient may experience some pain where the incision was made. This can be managed by taking an over-the-counter or prescription pain reliever. Patients may also experience discomfort in the shoulder because of the use of carbon dioxide gas used during the procedure. When the anesthesia wears off and the patient is ready to go home, the physician will discharge her to a trusted family member or friend.
Recovery from the procedure will continue at home for the next several days. The patient should be sure to rest and avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity. Most patients are able to return to work and their daily activities after one to two weeks.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine has been helping his Katy-area patients find relief from pain and discomfort with minimally invasive surgical approaches for many years. For more information about what to expect during and after laparoscopic surgeries, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine today.