There is a small chance for problems from a
- Bleeding from the
- Damage to an organ or blood vessel.
This may cause more bleeding that needs another surgery to repair.
A laparoscopy may not be done because of a higher chance
for problems if you have:
- Abdominal cancer.
- An abdominal
- Had abdominal surgeries in the past.
After the surgery
Right after surgery, you will be
taken to a recovery room where nurses will care for and watch your vital signs
(temperature, blood pressure, oxygen level, and heart rate). You will stay in
the recovery area for 2 to 4 hours, and then you will go home. Your nurse will
explain any special instructions from your doctor. You will probably go home
with a sheet of care instructions and who to call if you have a problem.
You may have some bloating. There may be bruising around the incisions
for a few days. You may have some pain around the incisions. Do not drink
carbonated beverages for 1 to 2 days after the laparoscopy to lower your chance
of gas pains and vomiting.
The gas used during the laparoscopy
can irritate your
diaphragm for a few days. You may have some pain or
achiness in your shoulder for a couple of days after the laparoscopy.
Some of the gas in your belly may leak into your skin and cause a
crackling sound if you rub the skin surrounding the stitches. This is not
serious and will go away in a few days.
Call your doctor
immediately if you have:
- A large area of redness or swelling around
- Bleeding or drainage from the
- Severe belly
- Hoarseness in your voice that lasts more than a few days or
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology
August 1, 2012