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.
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Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD
received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Dr. Adebola I. Falae, MD, FACOG
received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical degree from University of Rochester Medical School, NY. She completed her residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Women’s healthcare is her primary concern.
Dr. Maria Torres, MD, FACOG
earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, before completing residency training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She’s an expert in infertility evaluation and high-risk pregnancies.