Endoscopy Procedure at Pulse Women's Hospital
Which Procedures can be carried out by Endoscopy (Hysteroscopy/ Laparoscopy) ?
What to expect during Procedure, Recovery and Post Operative Period?
On the Day of the Surgery
Before the surgery, an intravenous line, which consists of a small flexible plastic tube, will be inserted into a vein in the patient's arm or hand. It is used to give medications and fluids during the operation. Sometimes intravenous medication is administered before surgery to help the patient relax.
After the Surgery
The effects of general anaesthesia make most people feel groggy at first, but they quickly become more alert. Some people experience nausea for a short time after awakening from a general anesthesia. Some major laparoscopic procedures require hospital stay of a day or two.
What Problems Can Occur After Surgery?
Complications after laparoscopic surgery are rare. Most people recover quickly and resume their normal activities without problems. However, the procedure is not without any risks. The risk of infection or other problems exists as with any kind of surgery. You can discuss this with the doctor before undergoing the procedure.
There may be some soreness near the incisions, especially when twisting or stretching the body.If a breathing tube was used for the surgery, patients may have a mild sore throat.There may be discomfort in the abdomen, upper chest, shoulders, and neck area due to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the abdomen, but this disappears quickly. You may notice a change in bowel habits for a few days.You should avoid any heavy strenuous activity, but are allowed to do all routine activity once you are discharged. You are usually advised to come back for a follow up visit a week after the procedure.
Recovery in Hospital
You may stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days to recover from the surgery and for observation. You are started on liquid diet 4 - 6 hours after surgery and gradually shifted to soft and then full diet in the next day or two depending on the type of surgery and speed of recovery.
Recovery at Home
You should avoid any heavy strenuous activity, but are allowed to do all routine activities once you are discharged. You are usually advised to come back for a follow up visit a week after the procedure.
How Long Will It Take For Full Recovery?
Recovery time depends on the kind of procedure, the patient's age, and health before the procedure. The following is a normal timetable for recovery from minimally invasive surgery on the abdomen: Any pain in the shoulders or neck area usually goes away after a few days. Soreness in the incisions disappears within a few days and the incisions heal after about five days. The bloated feeling after abdominal or pelvic laparoscopy goes away within a few days.
When can I go back to work?
Depending on the procedure most people feel well enough to return to work or normal daily activities three to five days after laparoscopy, although some people may need a week or more of rest.