When can I remove the dressing after laparoscopy?
Caring for your incisions
You can take off the bandages covering your incisions 24 hours after your laparoscopy. They don’t need to be replaced. You can shower after you remove the bandages.
How long does it take for laparoscopic incisions to heal?
You should feel better after 1 to 2 weeks. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Full recovery takes about two weeks to allow for internal healing. Some women have vaginal bleeding for a month after surgery. This is normal. Your cycle may be off a few weeks, and once it returns to normal, you may have heavier bleeding and more discomfort than usual.
How long do you keep bandages on after laparoscopic surgery?
2–6 weeks. Be sure to keep your stitches covered for the first 48 hours after your surgery. You may shower after that. Gently pat the stitches dry with a soft towel, and cover them with a small adhesive bandage.
How do I get rid of trapped gas after laparoscopic surgery?
Walking encourages the peristaltic movement of the bowels, relieving gas and constipation. A heat pack may also provide relief. If you are allowed to drink, hot peppermint tea is a great remedy to help gastrointestinal motility and relieve painful gas pains.
How long does stomach stay swollen after laparoscopy?
Post-operative bloating and swelling usually peaks 48 hours after surgery, but will mostly subside by the 12-week mark.
What is the most painful day after surgery?
Pain and swelling: Incision pain and swelling are often worst on day 2 and 3 after surgery. The pain should slowly get better during the next 1 to 2 weeks.
To clean the incision:
- Gently wash it with soap and water to remove the crust.
- Do not scrub or soak the wound.
- Do not use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine, which can harm the tissue and slow wound healing.
- Air-dry the incision or pat it dry with a clean, fresh towel before reapplying the dressing.
Symptoms of infection after surgery
- redness and swelling at the incision site.
- drainage of yellow or cloudy pus from the incision site.
Can I drink coffee after laparoscopic surgery?
No carbonated drinks for 1-2 weeks. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, citrus and tomato products . Avoid drinking through a straw or chewing gum.
Can I climb stairs after laparoscopic surgery?
Don’t push a vacuum or do other strenuous housework until the doctor says it’s OK. Climb stairs slowly and pause after every few steps. Don’t drive for a few days after the surgery. You may drive as soon as you are able to move comfortably from side to side as long as you aren’t taking any narcotics.