Recovering at home
- Don't drink alcohol or drive for at least 24 hours after surgery.
- You can bathe anytime after surgery.
- You may remove the bandage the morning after the surgery. Steri-strips, which resemble tape, can be removed 2 to 3 days after surgery.
- Patients can return to work 3 days after surgery. (If you need a doctor's letter excusing you from work, please request one at your pre-operative appointment.)
- Do not be concerned if your urine is green. A blue dye might have been used to check if your fallopian tubes are open.
- Your abdomen might be swollen for several days after the surgery. You may take acetaminophen to relieve pain.
- You might have a sore throat for a few days. Try using a throat lozenge.
- You might have mild nausea. Try eating a light evening meal the day of surgery. Tea, soup, toast, gelatin, or crackers might help relieve nausea.
- Gas in the abdomen might cause discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and chest for 24 to 72 hours after surgery. Try taking a warm shower, using a heating pad, or walking.
Vaginal bleeding and menstruation
Vaginal bleeding up to 1 month after surgery is normal. Many women do not have their next normal menstrual cycle for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. When your normal cycle returns, you might notice heavier bleeding and more discomfort than usual.
Wait 2 to 3 menstrual cycles before determining if laparoscopy has helped to relieve your condition.
You can resume sexual activity 1 week after surgery. However, pregnancy can still occur during recovery. If you wish to prevent pregnancy, use a contraceptive.