After the procedure, you’ll be taken to the recovery room; your recovery process will vary depending on the type of anesthesia you had. You will be monitored closely. Once your blood pressure, pulse and breathing are stable and you are alert, you’ll be taken to your hospital room, or you may be sent home if this was an outpatient procedure.
When you are home, you must keep the incision clean and dry. Your physician will give you instructions on how to bathe. Any stitches or surgical staples will be taken out at a follow-up visit. If adhesive strings were used, they should be kept dry and will often fall off in a few days.
You may feel pain from the carbon dioxide gas still in your abdomen; this pain may last for a few days and may be felt in your shoulders. It should feel a bit better each day. You may take pain medicine as directed by your physician; aspirin or other pain medicines may raise your rise of bleeding. Only take medicines that your physician has approved.
Do not drink any carbonated liquids for one or two days after the procedure; you may slowly move on to more solid foods as directed. Tell your physician if you have nausea or if you vomit.
You may be told to limit your physical activity for a few days.
Call your physician if experience any of the following:
- Fever or chills
- Redness, swelling or bleeding or other drainage from the incision site
- More pain around the incision site
- Trouble urinating