Laparoscopic Surgery Infections
Despite the current sterile techniques used for all procedures, infections are always a possibility following laparoscopic surgery. The subsequent treatment options will vary, depending upon the severity and location. Infections can range from minor ones that only need to be treated with antibiotics to a major infection requiring surgical treatment.
Internal infections are rare; however, they are more serious. If you have a fever or severe abdominal (stomach) pain, see your healthcare provider immediately. In most cases, internal infections require hospitalization and IV antibiotics and, in rare cases, a repeat surgery. Because of the infection, you may be more likely to develop adhesions, which can cause pain and increased risk for bowel obstruction.
Life-threatening complications from infections are a rare occurrence. If an infection does develop, your healthcare provider will discuss treatment options and expected outcomes with you.