After Laparoscopic Surgery
When you leave the hospital after laparoscopic surgery, you will be given instructions for taking care of your body after the surgery. You will also be given specific instructions with regards to driving, activity level, medication, and any other necessary restrictions.
Your healthcare provider will go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as fever or increasing abdominal pain. You will be given medicine to help control any pain you might feel. Some people may also have shoulder pain, which is a side effect of the carbon dioxide gas that is placed in the abdomen. Lying down or kneeling with your chest down usually relieves this discomfort.
After your laparoscopic surgery, you will likely feel tired and want to rest. However, the next day you should be able to get up and move around. Many people are able to go to work the day after surgery; others may be ready in two to three days -- each individual situation will be different.
In any case, you should not participate in any strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least a couple of days. You should expect to see your doctor for a follow-up visit about two weeks after the laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy.