What happens after a diagnostic laparoscopy for organ examination?

  • Most patients can go home after their anesthesia wears off. Some patients might be asked to stay overnight.
  • Some bloating or shoulder pain might occur due to the carbon dioxide.
  • You should avoid heavy lifting until your doctor says it is safe.
  • A follow-up appointment with your doctor will be scheduled.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/11/2016.


  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Diagnostic Laparoscopy. Accessed 8/18/2016.
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. Laparoscopy. Accessed 8/18/2016.
  • Merck Manual. Laparoscopy. Accessed 8/18/2016.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy