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Laparoscopic Surgery

A minimally invasive option for diagnosis and treatment

If you’re experiencing pain or an abnormality is discovered on exam or ultrasound, we may suggest laparoscopic surgery. This is a procedure that allows a physician to view or operate on organs in your abdomen or pelvis using a very small incision. This requires general anesthesia.

Conditions that are often treated with laparoscopy:

Advantages and disadvantages of laparoscopy

Laparoscopy does not provide the physician with the same level of access as open surgery. In addition, in the unlikely case that a laparoscopic approach fails to accomplish its purpose, open surgery may be needed. On the other hand, there are generally fewer complications and a shorter recovery period with laparoscopy compared to open surgery.

Certain conditions increase the risk of complications with laparoscopy. These include, obesity, prior abdominal surgery, and heart or lung disease.

What to expect after a laparoscopic procedure

Most patients are recovered and ready to return to normal activity within one week after their procedures.

After a laparoscopic procedure, you should observe the following restrictions and guidelines:

  • Eat light foods such as soup and Jell-o for the first six hours after the procedure and then gradually transition to your usual diet.
  • Drink plenty of water and nonalcoholic beverages.
  • Use prescribed pain medications as directed and a laxative or stool softener if you experience constipation.
  • Do not drive a car, operate hazardous machinery or make important decisions for at least 24 hours after the procedure or while taking pain medication.
  • Abstain from heavy exercise, heavy lifting, and sexual intercourse for two weeks.
  • Remove bandages after 24 hours.
  • You may shower the next day.
  • Keep your regularly scheduled follow-up office visit.
  • Laparoscopic post-op instructions

Additional information

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists