After Laparoscopic Surgery
You will be moved to a recovery room after your laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy. While there, you will be given medications, such as painkillers, and will be made comfortable while you recover from the anesthesia. Your doctor will give you specific instructions about your medications and what activities you should avoid for a couple of days after the laparoscopic surgery.
Moving to the Recovery Room After Laparoscopic Surgery
After the laparoscopic surgery for an ectopic pregnancy, you will be moved to a recovery room, where you will be monitored closely as you recover from the anesthesia. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well, usually for one to two hours.
Sometimes after laparoscopic surgery, people may shiver or experience nausea. Both of these symptoms can be related to the anesthesia. Your healthcare providers can give you medication to help relieve these symptoms. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Following the surgery, it is common to feel some pain in your abdomen (stomach). You may also feel bloated. Pain medicine can be given should you feel any discomfort.
Remember that your healthcare providers want you to recover without any problems, so be sure to report anything that feels abnormal or "not right."
After Laparoscopic Surgery With Spinal Anesthesia
If spinal anesthesia was used, your legs may still feel numb, and you may not be able to move them for several hours. While you are in the recovery room, you will not be able to walk to the bathroom, so you will need to use a bedpan. Your healthcare provider can help you with this, if necessary. The feeling in your abdomen and legs should slowly return.
Leaving the Hospital 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.