Preparing for Laparoscopic Surgery
Preparing for laparoscopic surgery involves not drinking or eating anything for at least eight hours before the procedure. Also, you should bring a list of all the medications (including non-prescription medicines) and supplements you are currently taking. On the day of your laparoscopic surgery, you will be given anesthesia to prepare you for the procedure.
When laparoscopic surgery is used to diagnose and treat an ectopic pregnancy, it is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the day of your surgery. Depending on your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your laparoscopy, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your surgery. In addition, your healthcare provider may have certain dietary restrictions. Due to the anesthesia for laparoscopic surgery, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours afterward, so be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.
On the day of your laparoscopic surgery, at your scheduled time, you will be taken to a pre-procedure room. Make sure you have a list of your current medications, including prescriptions and any over-the-counter medications, supplements, or herbal remedies you are taking.
To prepare you for your laparoscopic surgery, your healthcare professional will first make sure that you have an intravenous line, or IV. You will be given drugs and fluids through your IV to help relax and comfort you during the procedure.
Patches will be applied to the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. The EKG patches record the electrical activity of your heart during the procedure.
Your doctor may be available to answer any last-minute questions that you have, and your family or friends may be able to stay with you until it is time for you to go to the operating room.