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Your Care at Home After Laparoscopy For Women (4364)

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Your Care at Home After Laparoscopy
UW Women’s Health Clinic

What Is a Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is surgery that allows the doctor to look at your reproductive organs and other
structures in your abdomen. It is done with a slender scope that is put in through a small incision
just below the navel. It requires anesthesia and can be used to find or treat disease.

What You Can Expect After Surgery

You will stay from 2 to 4 hours after the surgery. This time is used to observe you to ensure your
safety and to prepare you for your trip home. You will most often go home the same day.

You may have pain or other symptoms that often go away in 24 to 48 hours. You may feel:

1. Pain at the sites where the scope is passed through the wall of the abdomen.

2. Mild nausea from medicines you were given.

3. Cramps similar to menstrual cramps.

4. Bloody discharge like a light menstrual flow for up to a week.

5. Aching in your neck and shoulders from the gas put in your abdomen. For relief, lie on
your side or put a few pillows under your buttocks so they are raised higher than your
chest. Stay in this position for 5 to 15 minutes. The pain should slowly subside.

6. A swollen abdomen for a few days.

7. Bruising at the site.

8. Fatigue or muscle aches for a day or two.


If you feel sick to your stomach the night you get home, drink slowly and in small amounts.
Bland liquids such as broth, tea, or Jello® are best if you feel this way. Add solid foods to your
diet when you feel better.

Incision Care

1. The night of your surgery, wash the brown soap stain on your stomach using plain soap
and water. Do not remove or get water under the band-aids.

2. The day after, remove the Band-Aids® and gently wash the sites with soap and water.
Replace the used band-aids with fresh ones. Keep the sites covered with band-aids until
they are well healed, in one to two weeks. The stitches will be absorbed by the body so
they do not need to be removed. Do not apply any powders, ointments, or creams to the
site until it is well healed.

Activity Guidelines

▪ It is safe to resume normal activities when you feel able.
▪ You may shower the next day. You may take a bath or swim after one week.
▪ You can resume sexual activity in 4-7 days or per your doctor’s advice.
▪ You may use pads or tampons.
▪ Do not drive for 24 hours or until after you have stopped your narcotic pain medicine since
you will be drowsy. If your stomach is sore enough to limit motion of your legs, wait to
drive until the soreness subsides.

Pain Relief Measures

If you have pain, take your prescribed medicine or take one to two tablets of Motrin , Aleve ,
Advil , or acetaminophen (Tylenol ) every 3-4 hours.


If you had a tubal sterilization done, keep using your present birth control for one week after the
laparoscopy. If you are taking birth control pills, finish your present cycle or follow your
doctor’s advice.

When to Call Your Doctor

▪ Any major drainage, increased redness, swelling, or soreness around the sites.
▪ Fever over 101 θ F. (Check temperature two times per day for first three days).
▪ Bleeding more than a menstrual period.
▪ Problems with vomiting or increased stomach pain. You should feel better each day.

Follow-Up Care

Your first follow-up visit with your doctor will be in about 4 weeks.

Phone Numbers

If you have any questions or problems once you are home, please call:

UW Health- Managed OB Clinics
UW Health West
OB/GYN Clinic
451 Junction Rd
Madison WI 53717
(608) 265-7601
UW Health East
OB/GYN Clinic
5249 E Terrace Pkwy
Madison WI 53718
(608) 265-1230

UW Health Benign
Gynecology Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-6240

UW Health
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-1548

UWMF- Managed OB Clinics
OB/GYN Clinic
20 S. Park, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-2830

East Towne
4122 East Towne
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 242-6840
West Towne
7102 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 828-7610
5543 East Cheryl
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 274-5300
UW Arboretum OB/GYN Clinic
1102 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-5898

Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright 2/2015 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Prepared by the Department of Nursing. HF#4364.