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When you leave the hospital you will be given instructions for taking care of your body after the surgery and specific instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary.
Your healthcare provider will go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as fever or increasing abdominal pain. You will be given pain medicine to help control any pain you might feel. Some patients may also have shoulder pain, which is a side effect of the carbon dioxide gas placed in the abdomen. Lying down or kneeling with your chest down usually relieves this discomfort.
After your procedure you will likely feel tired and want to rest. However, the next day you should be able to get up and move around. Many patients are able to go to work the day after surgery, and others may be ready in two to three days; however, 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 surgery.
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