• In most cases, you will
be discharged within 24 hours of your surgery.
• During the first 24 hours, you may experience shoulder
pain, nausea, abdominal discomfort and tiredness.
• You will be given oral pain killers on discharge home;
this medication should be effective.
• Although you are expected to feel quite well you will be
advised to “take it easy” and perform only light duties for
approximately two (2) weeks.
• Your doctor will certify an appropriate amount of time off
work, depending on the procedure which you have had.
• In cases where the ovaries have been removed, you may need
to use hormone replacement. The type of hormones and the
length of time for which you’ll need to use them should be
decided after discussion with your doctor.
• Since this type of surgery does not require a large
incision through the abdomen, you can resume sexual
[usually about four (4) weeks] than with
the more conventional methods.
As with all surgery,
laparoscopic surgery does carry some risks. These include:
• Haemorrhage (heavy blood
• Damage to the surrounding organs or structures,
• Subsequent infection,
• Thrombosis - development of blood clots (most commonly in
the lower limbs).
A thorough pre-operative preparation, specific techniques
used and precautions taken during the surgical procedure and
afterwards, greatly reduce the likelihood of these
How do you decide?
Your need for surgery and
the type of surgery which is best for you can be decided
after a frank and open discussion with your Gynaecologist.
You should feel free to discuss your fears or any concerns
you and/ or your partner or relatives may have, and to ask