After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. Your recovery process will vary depending on the type of anesthesia you had. You will be watched closely. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital room. Or you may be sent home if this was an outpatient procedure.
you are home, you must keep the cut clean and dry. Your healthcare provider will give
you instructions on how to bathe. Any stitches or surgical staples will be taken out at
a follow-up office visit. If adhesive strips were used, they should be kept dry. They
will often fall off in a few days.
You may feel pain from the carbon dioxide gas still in your belly. This pain may last for a few days and may be felt in your shoulders. It should feel a bit better each day. You may take a pain medicine as directed by your provider. Aspirin or other pain medicines may raise your risk of bleeding. Only take medicines that your provider has approved.
Don’t have any carbonated drinks for 1 or 2 days after the procedure. This will help reduce the mild pain from the carbon dioxide gas. Also, carbonated drinks may upset your stomach.
You may be allowed to drink clear fluids a few hours after the procedure. You may slowly move on to more solid foods as directed. Tell your healthcare provider if you have nausea or vomit.
You may be told to limit your physical activity for a few days.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following:
- Fever or chills
- Redness, swelling, or bleeding or other drainage from the incision site
- More pain around the incision site
- Trouble urinating
Your healthcare provider may give you other instructions, depending on your situation.