Before your Laparoscopic Surgery

Dr. Kolachalam, Before Your Laparoscopic Procedure  


  • Dr. Kolachalam will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  • In addition to a complete medical history, Dr. Kolachalam may perform a physical examination to ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure. You may undergo blood or other diagnostic tests.
  • You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight.
  • If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should notify us prior to your procedure, and notify your primary health care provider.
  • Notify Dr. Kolachalam if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications, iodine, latex, tape, and anesthetic agents (local and general).
  • Notify Dr. Kolachalam of all medications (prescribed and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
  • Notify Dr. Kolachalam if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications prior to the procedure.
  • A cleansing enema may be given a few hours before the procedure.
  • You may receive a sedative prior to the procedure, depending on the type of procedure being done. If your procedure is to be done on an outpatient basis, you will need to have someone drive you home afterwards because of the sedation given prior to and during the procedure.
  • Based on your medical condition, Dr. Kolachalam may request other specific preparation.

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