What preparations will be needed prior to a laparoscopic surgery?
Any investigations or consultations arranged at the preoperative consultation should have been completed, to make sure there are no medical conditions that may cause a problem during the surgery. Patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before surgery. The bowel preparation medication should be taken as ordered. You should continue your regular medications unless advised otherwise. Should you develop an illness prior to your surgery, please contact your surgeon immediately.
What should I do on the day of the procedure?
Unless otherwise specified, you should stop eating and drinking at the following times on the day of the surgery:
- At midnight for a morning procedure or
- At 6 am for an afternoon procedure
You should continue all your usual medications unless otherwise specified.
What type of anesthesia will be required when performing hysterectomy?
Patients are put to sleep under general anesthesia.
Is there a hospital stay after surgery?
85% of our patients go home the same day as their surgery.
What should I expect after the procedure?
When you wake from the anaesthesia, you will be in the recovery room. A drip will be maintained for one to two days and the catheter will normally be removed the same day or following day. You should expect a stay of 1 to 2 days in hospital.
What kind of a recovery can be expected?
Patients should expect to take antibiotics and painkillers for a few days post-operatively. We encourage patients NOT to stay in bed. They should move around the house and resume normal activities as soon as they feel up to it. Some women are well enough to return to work one week after surgery.
After discharge from the hospital, what I should do?
- Eat and drink normally
- Remain mobile
- Shower normally
You should not:
- Have intercourse for 6 weeks
- Undertake any heavy lifting or straining for 6 weeks
In case if you had a laparoscopic myomectomy done, you may need to use sanitary pads (not tampons) if required.