Dr. Kolachalam, After Your Laparoscopic Procedure
In The Hospital:
- After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation.
- Your recovery process will vary depending on the type of anesthesia that is given.
- Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room or discharged to your home.
- A laparoscopy procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis.
- Once you are home, it is important to keep the surgical incisions clean and dry.
- Dr. Kolachalam will give you specific bathing instructions.
- If stitches or surgical staples are used, they will be removed during a follow-up office visit.
- If adhesive strips are used, they should be kept dry and generally will fall off within a few days.
Pain or Discomfort:
- You may experience shoulder pain from the carbon dioxide gas that remains in your abdomen.
- This pain may last for a few days but should become less intense each day.
- A pain reliever for soreness may be taken as recommended by Dr. Kolachalam.
- Aspirin or other pain medications may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only recommended medications.
- Avoid drinking carbonated beverages for one to two days after the procedure. This will help minimize the discomfort associated with the carbon dioxide gas. In addition, drinking carbonated beverages may cause nausea.
- You may be allowed to drink clear fluids within a few hours of the procedure.
- Your diet may gradually be advanced to more solid foods as tolerated.
- You may be instructed to limit physical activity for several days after the procedure.
Call our office to report any of the following:
- Fever and/or chills
- Redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the incision site(s)
- Increased pain around the incision site(s)
- Difficulty with urinating
Following a laparoscopy, Dr. Kolachalam may give you additional or alternate instructions depending on your particular situation.