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Recovering From Laparoscopy for Chronic Pelvic Pain

When recovering from laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain, you will be given instructions about your medications, activity level, driving, and other restrictions. You may also notice a catheter in your bladder and special socks that help prevent blood clots in your legs. Your legs may still feel numb as you recover from laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain if spinal anesthesia was used during the procedure.

Moving to the Recovery Room

After laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain, you will go to a recovery room. Here, your healthcare team will watch over you and help you as the anesthesia wears off. You will usually stay here about one to two hours.
When you wake up, you may have a catheter in your bladder. You might also have special socks on your legs. These socks help your blood circulate better.
Most women have pain in their vagina or abdomen after laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain. Your healthcare provider can give you medicine to help relieve this. You may also shiver or feel sick to your stomach from the anesthesia. If you feel this way, tell your healthcare team; they can help make you more comfortable.
If spinal anesthesia was used, your legs may still feel numb, and you may not be able to move them for several hours. While you are in the recovery room, you will not be able to walk to the bathroom, so you will need to use a bedpan. Your healthcare provider can help you with this, if necessary. The feeling in your abdomen (stomach) and legs will slowly return.
Remember that your healthcare team wants you to get better without any problems, so be sure to let them know how you are feeling, especially if anything feels abnormal or "not right."

Leaving the Hospital

When you leave the hospital to continue your recovery from laparoscopy, you will be given instructions about taking care of your body after the surgery, as well as specific instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any other necessary restrictions.
Your healthcare provider will go over any symptoms that require immediate medical attention, such as fever or increasing abdominal pain. You will be given medicine to help control any pain you might feel. Some people 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 laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain, you likely will feel tired and want to rest. However, the next day, you should be able to get up and move around. Many people are able to go to work the day after the surgery, and others may be ready in two to three days; each individual situation is 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 your laparoscopic surgery.
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