How It Is Done continued...
A thin, lighted tube (laparoscope) is then
put through the incision to look at the organs. Other tools can be used to take
tissue samples, fix damage, or drain cysts. A laser may be attached to the
laparoscope to help with the surgery.
After the surgery, all the
tools will be removed and the gas will be released. The incisions will be
closed with stitches and covered with a bandage. The scar will be very small
and will fade over time.
Laparoscopy takes 30 to 90 minutes,
depending on what is done, but can take longer if a condition (such as
endometriosis) is found and treated. After the laparoscopy, you will go to the
recovery room for 2 to 4 hours. You can usually do your normal activities the
next day, but do not do any strenuous activity or exercise for about a
How It Feels
If general anesthesia is used, you will
be asleep and feel nothing. After you wake up, you will feel sleepy for several
hours. You may be tired and have some pain for a few days after a laparoscopy.
You may have a mild sore throat from the tube in your throat to help you
breathe. Use throat lozenges and gargle with warm salt water to help your sore
If you have other types of anesthesia, you may have pain
for a few days when the initial numbness wears off.
There is a small chance for problems from a
- Bleeding from the
- Damage to an organ or blood vessel.
This may cause more bleeding that needs another surgery to repair.
A laparoscopy may not be done because of a higher chance
for problems if you have:
- Abdominal cancer.
- An abdominal
- Had abdominal surgeries in the past.
After the surgery
Right after surgery, you will be
taken to a recovery room where nurses will care for and watch your vital signs
(temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate). You will stay in
the recovery area for 2 to 4 hours, and then you will go home. Your nurse will
explain any special instructions from your doctor. You will probably go home
with a sheet of care instructions and who to call if you have a problem.