How To Prepare
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have allergies to any medicines, including
- Have any bleeding problems or are taking any
blood-thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin
- Are or might be pregnant.
- Follow the instructions exactly
about when to stop eating and drinking, or your surgery may be canceled. If
your doctor has instructed you to take your medicines on the day of surgery,
please do so using only a sip of water.
- Leave your jewelry at home. Any jewelry you wear will
need to be taken off before the laparoscopy.
- Remove your glasses,
contacts, and dentures or a removable bridge before the laparoscopy. These will
be given back to you as soon as you wake up after the
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after the
You may be asked to use an
enema or suppository several hours before or the day before the
surgery to empty your colon.
The hospital or surgery center may
send you instructions on how to get ready for your laparoscopy or a nurse may
call you with instructions before your surgery.
You will be asked to sign a consent
form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have
about the need for the surgery, its risks, how it will be done, or what the
results will mean. To help you
understand the importance of this test, fill out the
medical test information form (What is a PDF document?).
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 1, 2012
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