The night before, eat a light meal. Unless told otherwise by your doctor, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
(almost always used)—blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; given through an IV in your hand or arm
(used in very ill patients)—the area from the chest down to the legs is numbed
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will make one long incision in the skin on your abdomen. The organs will be examined for disease. The doctor may take a
biopsy. If the problem is something that can be repaired or removed, it will be done at this time. The opening will be closed using staples or stitches.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-4 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during the procedure. For pain and soreness after surgery, you will get medicine.
Average Hospital Stay
Several days—If you have problems, you may need to stay longer.
At the Hospital
You may need to wear special socks or boots to help prevent blood clots.
You may have a foley catheter for a short time to help you urinate.
You may use an incentive spirometer to help you breathe deeply.
It may take several weeks for you to recover.
Follow your doctor's
The doctor will remove the sutures or staples in 7-10 days.
Take proper care of the incision site. This will help to prevent an infection.
Take showers instead of baths.
During the first two weeks, rest and avoid lifting.
Slowly increase your activities. Begin with light chores, short walks, and some driving. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a