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Laparoscopy in the Female

Alternate Names : Bandaid Surgery, Belly Button Surgery, Pelvic Laparoscopy, Peritoneoscopy, Celioscopy, Diagnostic Laparoscopy, Exploratory Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy in the Female | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

For a few hours after the surgery, the woman may feel sleepy or groggy. She should not drive or use heavy machinery for 24 hours. The most common complaints after laparoscopy include:

  • shoulder pain, caused from gas that has built up under the diaphragm
  • feeling bloated
  • pain at the incision sites
  • cramping
  • constipation
  • These symptoms usually improve within 24 to 48 hours after surgery.

    What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    Because sharp instruments are used during surgery, trauma may occur to any organ within the abdomen. Other complications include:

  • problems related to the anesthesia, which include reactions to medicines and having trouble breathing
  • a bloody swelling, called a hematoma, around the cut
  • infection of the cut
  • puncture of the aorta, which is the main artery of the heart
  • bleeding in the abdomen

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/16/02

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