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Your Care at Home After Laparoscopy (5291)

Your Care at Home After Laparoscopy (5291) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Surgery



Laparoscopy is a visual exam of the soft
parts of the body between the rib margins
and the hips. It is often done to explore the
body and help diagnose certain conditions.

Getting Ready for Surgery

You may take a bowel prep to prepare for
surgery. If so, we will discuss the details
with you.

After Surgery

 Expect some pain and bruising at the
 Your abdomen may be swollen for a
few days.
 You may be tired and have muscle
aches for a day or two.
 You may have mild nausea for a day
or two.

Incision Care

 It is normal for incisions to be
slightly puffy, numb, pink, and have
a small amount of clear, light pink

 Expect the incisions to heal within 2

 Keep incisions dry and covered for
48 hours (2 days) after surgery. Then,
you may shower and wash them with
mild soap and water and pat dry. Do
not soak in the bathtub, hot tub, or
swim until they are healed.
 You do not have to wear a dressing
unless wounds are in a skin fold,
your clothes rub on them, or they are
draining. If you wear a dressing
change it at least once a day and
more often if it gets wet.

 Check daily for signs of infection.
 Increased redness or warmth of
the incisions.
 Increased bloody or Pus-like
 Pus-like drainage.
 Excess swelling or bleeding.
 Temperature (by mouth) above
100.4 θ F for two readings, taken
4 hours apart.


 Do not drive for the first 24 hours or
if you are taking narcotic pain pills.
 It is okay to resume your normal
routine after 24 hours.
 Do not lift more than 10 – 15
 Ask your doctor when you may
resume sex.
 Avoid all tobacco and second hand

Pain Relief

It is normal to have some pain. Pain pills
will be ordered for you. You may have
aching in your neck and shoulders from the
gas put into your abdomen. Walking may
help relieve this pain.


You will usually start eating clear liquids
(jellos, juice, broth) after surgery. As your
bowel function starts to return you will be
able to eat a regular diet. When you start
eating, go slowly and only eat what feels and
tastes good. If you begin to feel sick to your
stomach or full, you should stop eating.

Prevent Constipation

A diet high in fluid and fiber can help
prevent constipation. Be sure to drink 6-8
glasses of liquids each day. You may want
to use a stool softener, docusate sodium
(Colace®) and / or a bulk fiber laxative to
prevent problems as long as you are taking
pain pills and until you hae your first bowel

When to Call the Doctor

 Nausea or vomiting for more than 24
 Signs of infection.
 Increased redness or warmth of
 Increased bloody or Pus-like
 Pus-like drainage
 Excess swelling or bleeding
 Temperature (by mouth) above
100.4 θ F for 2 readings, taken 4
hours apart.
 Pain not controlled by pain pills.
 Excess bruising.
 If you have not had a bowel
movement in 2-3 days, you may need a

Phone Numbers

Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-7502. This is a
24 hour number.

After hours, weekends and holidays ask
for the doctor on call for
Dr. ______________________________.

Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.

Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942

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
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