Understanding The Recovery Process After Laparoscopic Endometreosis Surgery

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If you have a debilitating endometriosis condition, then your gynecologist may suggest a surgical procedure to remove the excess tissue from your abdomen. This procedure is a laparoscopic one and many individuals want to know how they can recover from the procedure. Thankfully, the operation is a minimally invasive one, but there are a few things you should know about recovery.

Take Care With The Incision

Laparoscopic surgical procedures are often completed as a way to reduce the need for large incisions. Several smaller incisions will likely be created. These incisions are about two to five millimeters long. They will typically form an x and they will sit in or near the belly button as well as along the pubic area. 

If you are going through a robotic assisted procedure, you should know that incisions will be a bit larger. The one that sits low on your pubic area can be as much as twelve millimeters long. 

Once the incisions are made and the gynocology surgery is completed, sutures are used to close up the cuts. You will need to take care of the incision sites after your procedure, especially since they are located in areas that are typically covered with clothing and underwear. Ask your physician if the sutures are dissolvable ones. This will help you to understand if you will need to make arrangements for suture removal. However, most of the stitches are dissolvable and require no assistance.

Your physician will also let you know if you need to avoid a shower for a few days. This is recommended in some cases to allow the incision areas to heal and scab over. Once the waiting period is over, wash the suture areas gently with soap and lukewarm water. Pat the area dry afterwards and allow for some airflow around the areas. This means not dressing right away.

Reduce Activity

Your doctor will tell you to lie down after your procedure and once you get home. Laparascopic procedures do involve the placement of a gas within your abdomen. This gas will dissipate and move to the neck where it will cause some discomfort. Lying down will help to reduce the discomfort as the gas starts to be released from your body. 

Make sure that you plan at least one day for rest after your procedure. Also, you will be asked to avoid activities that include exercise, bending, sex, and anything remotely stressful. 

Your doctor will tell you when you can resume normal activities after your procedure. 


10 January 2018

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