How soon can one resume normal activity after laparoscopy?
Patients will probably be able to return to normal activities within a week's time,
including driving, walking up stairs, light lifting and working. In general, recovery
should be progressive, once the patient is at home. Your surgeon can answer any specific
restrictions that apply to you.
Most patients can return to work within 7 to 10 days following the laparoscopic procedure
depending on the nature of their job. Patients with administrative or desk jobs usually
return in a few days while those involved in manual labor or heavy lifting may require a
bit more time. Patients undergoing the open procedure usually resume normal activities
in four to six weeks.