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Cutaway diagram of a laparoscopy: to magnify, please click on the image.

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This is how the Laparoscopy Works

Your physician has recommended that you undergo a laparoscopy. Even if this involves a routine intervention lasting a few minutes, you are most likely uncomfortable and would like to learn more about this upcoming procedure. The following information is intended to help you in this regard. We are happy to also make an appointment for you, when you can become acquainted with the physician, nurses, and the facilities prior to the procedure. Please bring a referral notice from your physician. We also require a blood profile, and if possible, a current potassium and coagulation reading. Please ensure that you will be able to be picked up by an accompanying person after the operation.

Take particular care not to eat, drink, or smoke up to 6 hours before the appointment for the operation. Please consume your regular medications after getting up, along with water.

The Intervention Itself

At first you will receive a consent approval form that has been prepared by us. Please read this form carefully and then submit it to us signed. You will then have enough time for a discussion with the physician, during which you can clarify still outstanding questions. We take pains to avoid waiting times. However, sometimes intervention procedures with other patients end up taking more time than expected, such that we ask for your understanding in the event of unforeseen waiting times.

Under full anesthesia, an optical instrument will be inserted around the area of the navel into the stomach cavern. Prior to this, the stomach cavern will be filled with a gas in order to improve vision and to make more space available for the intervention. Sometimes, in particular when small interventions are to be made into the stomach cavity, it is necessary to make further insertions for special instruments in the lower abdomen. The laparoscopy takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Then you will be taken to a resting room. After three to four hours, you will normally be once again fit to leave the practice in the company of another person.

Please remember that after undergoing anesthesia you may not actively participate in vehicle traffic, use any public transportation, operate machinery, drink any alcohol or make any important decisions.

After the Intervention

After the intervention stomach pains may occur, as a part of which in particular upper abdominal pains may be caused by leftovers of the gas, and also pain radiating into the shoulders. This is however not dangerous, and will decline in the first few days after the intervention. After approximately one week, the sutures will have to be removed by your referring physician.

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