After Laparoscopic Surgery: What You Can Expect

In fact surgery is different for different person as each of us will have different experience from surgery based on different factors. Besides that, every person heals differently.

Commonly medical professionals mention that it takes only several days to recover from laparoscopic surgery. I found that true healing takes a lot of longer than that – usually in a number of weeks and months. I took different length of time to be recovered from my first & second laparoscopic surgery. Of course, the experience of recovering fro these laparoscopic surgeries are different with my latest Caesarean section where I undergone surgery to give birth to my daughter and after that – removing remains of cysts from previous laparoscopic surgeries.

They are several matters that you can expect after laparoscopic surgery. For first timer, these tips can help you in preparing yourself for the moments after the surgery.

During laparoscopic surgery, the doctor examines the pelvic organs in order to look for obvious endometriosis lesions and endometriosis-stuffed cysts. The doctor can also search for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities based on your history and symptoms.

In fact there is no surgery without risk and the risk is higher for women who smoke, significantly overweight or having chronic health problems.

From Anaesthesia

When you come out of the anaesthesia, you will likely be in some pain. Inform the medical staff so your pain can be properly managed. You might feel cold in that condition so ask for additional warm blankets. Besides that, you might face a sore throat from the tube which has been put in your throat throughout surgery. In any case, in form the doctor or medical staffs as soon as possible.

Shoulder Pain

One of the most annoying things to be faced directly after laparoscopic surgery is the shoulder pain. This shoulder pain is caused by the CO2 gas trapped against the diaphragm. Heat and analgesics usually bring relief to this pain. Lie down and put some pillows under your back and raise them above your chest. Stay during this position for 5-15 minutes. The pain will slowly subsides however keep in mind that the relief will take time.


It seems that experiencing nausea after laparoscopic surgery is common for most people. Talk to your your doctor or anaesthesiologist beforehand about the methods they use to minimise nausea. Several women realize that nausea is lessened once they lay flat. In the same time you can try some natural remedies such as ginger tea to alleviate nausea.

Loose Clothing After Surgery

Most people have found that loose clothing are crucial within a few weeks after laparoscopic surgery. This is due to the incision part which can result in the abdomen swollen. Thus you need to wear something which is comfortable around the middle part of your body. If you don’t have many loose-fitting clothing, go and buy some prior to surgery.

Dramatic First Menstruation After Surgery

Experiences with first menstruation after laparoscopic surgery vary dramatically. If your period is more painful, longer, and heavier than usual, do not panic as internal healing needs longer time compared to external healing. Thus your initial few periods after laparoscopic surgery might be more painful. However if the degree of pain is severe, meet your doctor as soon as possible.

You might have to stay 2-4 hours after the surgery. This time is needed in order to ensure your status and safety before you can be permitted to go home.

Here are some of basic guidelines that you can consider after laparoscopic surgery:

  • Prepare more pads and tampons.
  • You can resume sexual activities in 4-7 days depending on your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Get to bath the next day. You can go for tub or swimming in 1 week.
  • Do not drive by yourself within 24 hours as you might be drowsy.

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