(Surgery With Keyhole Incisions)
|Laparoscopic Instruments Being Placed in the Abdomen|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Hernia repair
- Biopsy of abdominal organs
- Gallbladder , gallstone , or kidney stone removal
- Tubal ligation
- Ectopic pregnancy surgery
- Fibroid tumor removal
- Adrenal gland removal
- Lysis of adhesions in abdomen
- Damage to blood vessels or organs
- Problems related to anesthesia
- The need for open surgery rather than laparoscopic surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam and review of medications
- Blood tests, such as a pregnancy test, liver function test, and electrolyte status
- Urine tests to detect urinary tract infection and diabetes
- Imaging tests to evaluate internal structures:
- Depending on the type of surgery, you may need to take a laxative or use an enema.
- Arrange for a ride home.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Removing the dressing the morning after surgery.
- Avoiding heavy lifting.
- Not drinking carbonated beverages for a brief period.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Headache, muscle aches, feeling faint or lightheaded
- Difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement
American College of Surgeons http://www.facs.org
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons http://www.sages.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Diagnostic laparoscopy patient information from SAGES. Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.sages.org/publications/patient-information/patient-information-for-diagnostic-laparoscopy-from-sages. Accessed July 23, 2013.
Laparoscopy. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq061.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20130723T1313462445. Published April 2013. Accessed July 23, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/23/2014 -
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