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Laparoscopy, After Surgery

What Happens After a Laparoscopy?

Rest after surgery.After a laparoscopy, you may experience:

  1. Mild cramping, like a menstrual period
  2. Light bleeding or spotting for up to a week
  3. Soreness or pain around the incision (like doing too many sit-ups)
  4. Feeling tired
  5. Sometimes feeling sick (nausea) from the medicines you had while asleep
  6. Soreness or pain in the shoulder, chest or breast (due to air under the diaphragm)

After Laparoscopy

  1. You should rest on the day of surgery, and then over the next two days, slowly increase activities until you feel back to normal.
  2. Take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Toradol as prescribed by your doctor to treat cramping, and/or Tylenol for pain around the incisions.
  3. Take narcotics (example: oxycodone) as prescribed by your doctor for severe pain.
  4. Use a pad for any bleeding. Your doctor will tell you when it is OK to use tampons.
  5. Keep the incision dry for 24 hours (no water on incision); you may shower after that. Wash the incision gently with soap and water and pat dry.
  6. Leave the dressing or plastic wrap on the incision for 24 hours.  You may remove it after that.
  7. You can go back to work or school in one week or sooner if you feel up to it.
  8. Begin taking or keep giving any medicine that was prescribed before the surgery or after the surgery (including hormones or birth control pills).

DO NOT eat a full meal until at least six hours after surgery. Start with sips of clear liquids (tea, apple juice, water). If you feel OK, you can eat a little more. No spicy foods (for example, pizza or chili) for the first meal.

Our nurse will call you in the next few days to see how you are feeling and to set up a follow-up appointment.

When to Call the Doctor

Call 513-636-9400 if:

  1. Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period
  2. Cramping or pain that is not relieved by prescribed pain medicines
  3. Severe nausea and vomiting more than 24 hours after surgery
  4. Fever more than 100.4 degrees
  5. Redness or drainage from the incisions

Last Updated 08/2018