Preparation For Laparoscopic Surgery

What preparation is required for laparoscopy?

The following includes typical events that may occur prior to laparoscopic surgery; however, since each patient and surgeon is unique, what will actually occur may be different.

  • Preoperative preparation includes blood tests, medical evaluation, chest x-ray and an ECG depending on your age and medical condition.

  • You may require tests specific to you disease e.g. ultrasonography, CT scan, MRI etc.

  • After your surgeon reviews with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation, you will need to provide written consent for surgery.

  • Your surgeon may request that you completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery.

  • It is recommended that you shower the night before and the morning of the operation.

  • After midnight the night before the operation, you should not eat or drink anything except medications that your surgeon has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water on the morning of surgery.

  • Drugs such as aspirin, blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medications (arthritis medications) will need to be stopped temporarily for several days to a week prior to surgery. Please inform your surgeon if you are on any of these medications.

  • Quit smoking and arrange for any help you may need at home.

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