What is the recovery after Laparoscopy?

Following the operation, you will be transferred to the recovery room, where you will be monitored carefully until all the sedatives and anesthetics have worn off. Even though you may feel fully awake, the effects of any anesthetic may persist for several hours. Once you are able to walk and get out of bed unassisted, you may be discharged (depending on the surgery you have undergone). Because the effects of anesthesia can linger for many hours, it is necessary to have someone accompany you to the hospital and drive you home after the procedure.

Will there be pain after laparoscopy?

You can expect some pain or discomfort around any incision site. Your pain should gradually improve. Your surgeon will instruct you on the use of pain killers (analgesics) and may give you a prescription for pain medication.

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.

What is the follow up for laparoscopy after discharge?

Make an appointment with your surgeon as per his instructions (usually within 7 days following your operation). You will be given some warning signs that require you to come back sooner. The subsequent follow up depends on the procedure done and will be discussed with you by your surgeon.

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