Diagnostic Laparoscopy

A diagnostic laparoscopy is a treatment procedure in which the doctor uses a (laparoscope) thin metal tube with a light and tiny camera to look at the organs and tissues in your abdomen.

Laparoscopy literally means, “to look inside the abdomen”. It is a surgical procedure sometimes referred to by patients as “belly-button surgery”. The procedure involves placing a telescope-like instrument through a small, usually ???? inch, incision in the abdomen.

Laparoscopy is performed with an anesthetic. You and your doctor can discuss which type is best for you. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep, so you will not feel any discomfort. With local anesthesia, you will be awake during the operation. There may be minor discomfort. If a local anesthetic is used, you may be given medication to help you relax before the anesthetic is injected.

The laparoscope is then attached to a high-resolution TV monitor so that the surgeon and their assistants can complete the procedure. Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means that the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery. In addition, recovery times are much shorter than when large abdominal incisions are performed.

You should be able to drink clear liquids upon discharge from the hospital. You may resume your diet as you become hungry. It is normal to experience some nausea from the anesthesia. Start with bland foods the night of the surgery then resume your regular diet the next day. It is best to avoid drinking carbonated beverages for 48 hours.

You should have someone drive you home from the hospital, and then not drive on your surgery day. Avoid exercise or lifting greater than 25 pounds for 7 days. Some women feel like going back to work the next day, depending on their type of employment. You should be able to return to work no later than three days after the surgery.

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