By Marguerite Lamb
Baffled by all those initials after doctors' names? Tired of
getting the referral runaround? We'll help clear up the confusion so you can
find the best treatment for your symptoms.
In today's medical marketplace, you're not a patient—you're a
"health-care consumer." That's good news and bad. It means you have
more autonomy and choice than ever—but it also means the ball is in your court
when it comes to figuring out whom to trust with your health. Should...
When a person has a life-threatening condition that requires surgery right away. For example, it may be done for appendicitis or ectopic pregnancy.
When scarring (adhesions) or abnormal conditions make it hard to use laparoscopy to see inside the belly.
For diagnosis of pelvic symptoms. Treatment can be done at the same time.
For PID, laparotomy is not done as often as laparoscopy, which requires special equipment and training. But laparotomy is done if a hospital is not equipped for laparoscopy. It may also be done if another problem is suspected, such as a ruptured appendix.
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on how to get ready for your surgery. Or a nurse may call you with instructions before your surgery.
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. While you are there, nurses will care for and observe you. You most likely will stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours. Then you will be moved to a hospital room. Your nurse will give you any special instructions from your doctor and will explain information to help you during your recovery.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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