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.
You may have some bloating. There may be bruising around the incisions
for a few days. You may have some pain around the incisions. Do not drink
carbonated beverages for 1 to 2 days after the laparoscopy to lower your chance
of gas pains and vomiting.
The gas used during the laparoscopy
can irritate your
diaphragm for a few days. You may have some pain or
achiness in your shoulder for a couple of days after the laparoscopy.
Some of the gas in your belly may leak into your skin and cause a
crackling sound if you rub the skin surrounding the stitches. This is not
serious and will go away in a few days.
Call your doctor
immediately if you have:
- A large area of redness or swelling around
- Bleeding or drainage from the
- Severe belly
- Hoarseness in your voice that lasts more than a few days or
Laparoscopy is a surgery that uses a
thin, lighted tube put through a cut (incision) in the belly to look at the
abdominal organs or the
female pelvic organs . Your doctor may talk to you about the surgery once you
are fully awake. He or she may call you at home later to talk to you about the
results. Results of any lab tests on tissue samples may not be available for
The organs are normal in size,
shape, and position.
cysts, or abnormal growths, such as tumors, are not seen.
No signs of disease (such as
endometriosis), inflammation (such as appendicitis),
or infection are seen.
An organ may be abnormal in
size, shape, or position.
Adhesions, cysts, or abnormal
growths, such as tumors, may be seen.
Signs of disease, such as
endometriosis, or infection may be seen.
ectopic pregnancy may be present.
Inflammation of an internal
organ may be present, such as
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Scar tissue may be seen on an
internal organ, such as the