What is a laparoscopy?
A laparoscopy is a surgery of the abdominal cavity performed by video surgery.
To be able to visualize the different organs, the belly will be inflated by carbon dioxide which will be removed during the procedure. Sometimes a little gas will remain trapped under the diaphragmatic domes. Pain in the shoulders may result, most often on the right. The remaining gas will dissolve in a few days.
The surgeon uses instruments that enter the abdomen using guides called trocars. They leave scars that most often measure less than one cm, sometimes even 5 mm.
There are of course contraindications to laparoscopy. They may be anesthetic or surgical… (operation impossible to carry out by laparoscopy, history of surgery). This will of course be discussed during the preoperative consultation.
Why? Its advantages?
Laparoscopic surgery is a gynaecological surgery that is often not very painful. It can therefore be performed without any problem in outpatient surgery.
Weak analgesics will be prescribed and can be taken at home.
More importantly, the kind of surgery performed will determine whether to stay hospitalized.
Sick leave after laparoscopy
Post laparoscopy advices
Scar treatment after laparoscopy:
In most cases, no scar treatment is necessary. The stitches are intradermal, i. e. invisible. Occasionally there will be visible stitches that need removal after a few days or even staples.
Showers are authorized but neither baths nor swimming are allowed so as not to slow down the healing process.
Sports activities after laparoscopy:
The time of skin healing is very fast, about a few days. But the deep tissues are slower. A one-month period is considered correct for scar stabilization, without sports practice.
Transit after laparoscopy:
Transit is always disrupted after pelvic surgery.
It is unnecessary to take any particular medical treatment in order to facilitate transit. Similarly, the diet should not be fundamentally altered. Nevertheless, it is advisable to be vigilant in order to facilitate transit in the week following the procedure.
Reasons for emergency consultation
The scars after laparoscopy are small in size. There may be a small hematoma compared to these laparoscopic scars. However, if there is bleeding, a large hematoma or a painful scar, it is best to consult your surgeon.
It will also be necessary to consult in case of severe abdominal or pelvic pain or a sudden onset of pain. More generally, consultation is recommended if you feel unwell.
Finally, it will of course be necessary to consult in case of a temperature higher than 38° Celsius.