The smaller incisions are less painful. As a result, we see a decreased need for pain medication, shorter recovery time and better cosmetic result. Patients are able to eat when they feel ready, and there is less internal scarring.
The risks are similar for laparoscopic, open and vaginal surgery. There is always a possibility that the surgeon cannot complete the procedure laparoscopically and a larger incision may be needed. This risk is small, as are the risks of bleeding, infection, damage to the bladder, bowel, blood vessels and ureters. With any surgery, there may be unforeseen risks and a potential, but exceedingly rare risk of death.
The day of surgery you will be asked to arrive early where you will meet members of our nursing and anesthesia staff. They will start your IV, and along with your surgeon, review the planned procedure and obtain your consent.
During surgery, pneumatic stockings are used to massage your legs and prevent blood clots. Depending on the procedure you are having, you may receive antibiotics to prevent infection or have a catheter placed after you are asleep.
Generally, you may experience any of these symptoms:
- Scratchy throat, if a breathing tube was placed
- Uterine cramping
- Shoulder pain from the gas used to see during laparoscopy
- Feeling bloated or gassy
- Vaginal bleeding or discharge (like a menses)
- Redness, warmth or heavy bleeding from the incisions
- Fever (above 100.5) or chills
- Problems with urination or bowel movements
- Heavy vaginal bleeding or increasing abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath or chest pain
Yes, coordination of other procedures, commonly bladder procedures for incontinence, can be performed.