You may have pain in your belly for a few days after surgery. If you had a laparoscopy,
you may also have a swollen belly or a change in
your bowels for a few days. After a laparoscopy, you may also have some shoulder or back pain. This pain is caused by the
gas your doctor used to help see your organs better. To help
with pain, your doctor will prescribe medicines.
After either surgery, it's important not to lift anything heavy for 1 week. How long it takes you to fully recover depends on the kind of surgery you had. After a laparoscopy, it usually takes about 1 week. After a mini-laparotomy, it usually takes 1 to 3 weeks. If you had a mini-laparotomy after
having a baby, your recovery may take longer.
You will be
protected from pregnancy right away. But it's best to wait
to have sex until it feels comfortable. Ask your doctor when it's okay
to have sex.
This care sheet gives you a
general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person
recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure
to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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