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Wound Care
The laparoscopic sites will have stitches that dissolve and be covered with small paper tapes (Steristrips).
The waterproof dressings are to be removed two days after your
operation. Keep the sites clean and dry. You may remove the Steristrips after 5-6 days.

Post-operative symptoms
• Expect some soreness and pain around the incision sites for several days.
• You may also experience some shoulder tip or rib cage pain. This is due to a small amount of
..residual gas under the diaphragm. Peppermint tea, Panadol and a hot pack applied for a short
..time to the painful area may be helpful. Anti-inflammatory medication may be required.
• Some degree of abdominal bloating is normal and will settle over the next few days.

Activities
• Increase your physical activities gradually over the next few weeks.
• Avoid vigorous activities for the first weeks after your operation.
• Avoid exercises such as sit-ups or lifting heavy objects until after your first post-operative review.
• You may resume sexual intercourse after discussion with the surgeon.
• Avoid driving a car for one week, or until you are not suffering any affects from strong pain.
   relievers and feel comfortable to drive. If you have any concerns check check with your surgeon.
• You may need one to two weeks off work. This varies depending on your work activities and the
   type of surgery performed.


Follow-up appointment
You will be advised of the follow-up appointment time prior to hospital discharge. This is generally 7 – 10
days after surgery. Further follow up to be advised as necessary.


What to look out for after discharge from hospital
In general, normal recovery means you should feel gradually better each day. Notify your surgeon if you
notice any of the following:
• Fever (greater than 38°)
• Increasing abdominal pain
• Nausea and vomiting
• Increasing tenderness and redness at the wound sites
• Increasing feeling of being unwell
If you are unable to contact your surgeon, try contacting your family doctor or the hospital where you had
your surgery, or the nearest hospital emergency department and ask the doctors there to contact the treating surgeon.

 

 

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