(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 or gallstone 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 medicines
- Blood tests (such as, pregnancy test, liver function, electrolyte status)
- Urinalysis to detect urinary tract infection and diabetes
- Ultrasound—a test that uses sound waves to visualize the inside of the body
- CT scan—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body
- MRI scan—a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the inside of the body
- 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.
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Remove the dressing the morning after surgery.
- Avoid heavy lifting.
- Do not drink carbonated beverages for two days.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Headache, muscle aches, feeling faint or dizzy
- Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Difficulty urinating or having a bowel movement
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -