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Jan 2021

10 Tips to Prepare for Laparoscopic Surgery

  • By: Samantha Denäe

Laparoscopic procedure is a minimally invasive procedure commonly used to diagnose Endometriosis as well as to remove mild to severe endometriosis tissue. With this particular procedure, a small abdominal incision is created to insert a laparoscope, a lighted viewing instrument. “Lap surgery” as it is typically referred to, is a difficult procedure to endure and it’s important to be well prepared prior to. Here are ten tips to prepare for a lap procedure:

  • Recovery time is typically 6-8 weeks, not 4: In most cases, surgeons will tell you recovery time after surgery is 4 weeks – it is not. Your body needs more time to recover. Although the procedure is minimally invasive, it is still major surgery on a major organ.
  • Request a 24-hour hospital stay after surgery to avoid major complications: A lap procedure is considered outpatient surgery, so you’re able to leave the hospital and return home after you awake from anesthesia. Surgery can have many effects on the body and if you’re home and something goes awry, it is better to already have a doctor or nurse close by. If you’re able, request an overnight stay.
  • Have someone home with you for AT LEAST the first 24-48 hours after returning home: Surgery is tough, but recovery is even tougher. If you live alone, it is imperative to have a family member or friend stay with you for at least 24-48 hours to assist you with getting up, in and out of bed, and food.
  • Meal prep at least a week’s worth of food: The last thing you’ll want to do after surgery is cook. Cooking requires too much standing after a major procedure and to avoid having to cook, you should prepare at least a week’s worth of food. 
  • Wear loose clothing to the hospital: Loose clothing will be your friend for at least a couple of weeks after your procedure. Anything that is too tight around the abdomen like leggings, should not be worn. Try a long loose dress or jogging pants and a big t-shirt. 
  • Take a laxative after surgery to relieve trapped gas: After your procedure, a bowel movement will be your hardest task. Trapped gas will also be an issue and could cause the pain to be worsened. To assist, take a laxative the day after surgery. If you do not have a laxative, take a big spoonful of mustard as an alternative. 
  • Buy an abdominal binder: An abdominal binder is a compression belt used after an abdominal surgery that encloses the abdomen to aid in the healing process. Sitting up will be a bigger task than you think, so the binder will greatly help the pain you’ll be in after surgery. 
  • Eat light for the first few weeks: Heavy foods are not friendly after a lap procedure. Because of the recovery your body is trying to do, heavy foods will make it more difficult to have a bowel movement. Lighter foods will not only make it easier on you, but on your period as well when you have your first cycle post-op.
  • Have a cane close by: It takes a lot of abdominal muscles to get up and down off of the couch or bed. Standing will also be will be a chore, but having a cane helps to lean on. 
  • REST: The hardest tip to follow, but the most helpful. We are constantly moving even with Endometriosis and resting is always frowned upon, but this will be your biggest tool to having a healthy recovery. Don’t do anything but rest. Sleep as much as you want and allow others to wait on you during this time. You deserve it and your womb deserves the much-needed rest to heal properly. 

Whether you’re approaching your first lap procedure, or this isn’t your first time at the rodeo, remember these tips and incorporate them in your recovery process.

Happy healing!

 

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