Laparoscopic Center Overview
Preparation
Depending on the type of laparoscopic procedure being performed, you will usually be asked not to eat or drink anything for 8-12 hours beforehand.
If you're taking blood-thinning medication (anticoagulants), such as aspirin or warfarin, you may be asked to stop taking it a few days beforehand. This is to prevent excessive bleeding during the operation. If you smoke, you may be advised to stop during the lead-up to the operation. This is because smoking can delay healing after surgery and increase the risk of complications such as infection.
Operation Procedure
Recovery
It is common that you may feel groggy and disorientated as you recover from the effects of the anaesthetic. Some people feel sick or vomit. These are common side effects of the anaesthetic and should pass quickly. For a few days after the procedure, you're likely to feel some pain and discomfort where the incisions were made. You will be given painkilling medication to help ease the pain. Some of the gas (Carbon dioxide) used to inflate your abdomen can remain inside after the procedure, which can cause bloating, cramps, and/or shoulder pain, as the gas can irritate your diaphragm (the muscle you use to breathe), which in turn can irritate nerve endings in your shoulder. However,these symptoms are nothing to worry about and should pass after a day or so, once your body has absorbed the remaining gas. In the days or weeks after the surgery, you will probably feel more tired than usual, as your body is using a lot of energy to heal itself. Taking regular naps and enough rest may help.