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What Self-Care Is Necessary After Returning Home?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 17:46

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Individuals who have laparoscopic surgery should carefully follow their doctors' instructions after going home. The exact kind of care needed depends on the type of surgery, the individual's age and general health, and other factors. In general, people recovering from laparoscopic surgery should care for their incision as directed by the doctor, be cautious about certain activities, and watch for any of the warning signs.

Following laparoscopy on the abdomen or pelvic areas, it is most likely that one will:

  • leave the adhesive bandage or dressing on the incision for two days. During that period, keep the incision area dry. Do not take a shower.
  • not need to apply new bandages to the incisions unless clothing is rubbing against them.
  • remove the bandages after two days, following the doctor's instructions. Individuals usually can resume taking showers at this point.

Need To Know:

For people recovering from minimally invasive surgery on the abdomen, back, or joint, it is especially important to follow the doctor's directions about lifting heavy objects, exercising, and other physical activities.

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