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Heal from the Inside Out: Your Essential Post-Laparoscopy Guide

Just had laparoscopic surgery? While the minimally invasive procedure offers a quicker recovery time, proper nutrition plays a crucial role in optimising your healing journey. This essential guide will be your companion as you navigate the post-surgical world. In this article, we’ll explore what to eat and which scar treatments can speed up your wound recovery.

 

What to Eat After Laparoscopic Surgery

After laparoscopic surgery, it’s super important to give your body the nutrients it needs to heal and avoid any complications. This means keeping your energy levels up and ensuring your body is always in good condition. Knowing the right foods to eat and which ones to avoid can really make a difference in how smoothly your recovery goes. Here’s what you can do to take care of the body after the surgery:

Hydration is key: Make sure to keep sipping on fluids like you did before surgery to stay hydrated and support your recovery.

Be gentle on your stomach: When you get home, ease into your meals with light and easy-to-digest options to avoid discomfort. Think along the lines of clear broths, applesauce, crackers, toast, or even ginger ale.

Skip citrus: It’s best to steer clear of citrus juices like orange or tomato juice, as they might upset your stomach during this sensitive time.

Listen to your body: Take it slow when introducing new foods, one at a time, and pay attention to how your body reacts. Rushing the process could lead to unnecessary discomfort.

Get back on track: By the second day after surgery, you can gradually start reintroducing your normal diet. Just make sure to listen to your body and adjust as needed along the way.

 

Effective Solutions for Surgical Scars After Laparoscopy
Worried about scars following laparoscopic surgery? Here are some options to help reduce scarring post-surgery:

Silicone Wound Dressings

Silicone wound dressings offer a potential solution for scar reduction, particularly following plastic surgery. They come in two primary forms, which are:

  • Silicone sheets: These stick directly onto your wound, like a second skin.
  • Silicone gel: Apply this gel to your scar and let it dry into a protective layer.

Studies have shown silicone helps reduce scars, especially after plastic surgery. But talk to our surgeons first before using silicone treatments after your surgery. They will ensure that silicone treatment fits your needs and is the right choice for you.

Polyurethane Dressing

  • Just like silicone dressings, studies show they can help reduce raised scars, especially when worn for six weeks after surgery and combined with a pressure garment. They might even help improve existing raised scars by making them less red, hard, and big. Consult with our surgeons about using polyurethane dressings for scar minimisation.

After laparoscopy surgery, patients need to prioritise nutrition and scar care for a speedy recovery. Drink plenty of water and opt for easily digestible foods to resume your regular diet. Introduce new foods gradually and pay attention to your body’s signals. Consider using silicone or polyurethane dressings to minimise scars.

At Dr. Lee Women’s Specialist Clinic, your health is our priority, not only before but also after laparoscopic surgery. Proper post-surgery care is essential, and we’re always here to guide you through the process.

References:
https://www.southlakegeneralsurgery.com/diet-plan-after-laparoscopic-surgery/
https://www.allaboutwomenmd.com/knowledge-center/what-is-laparoscopic-surgery.html#:~:text=Benefits%20of%20Laparoscopic%20Surgery&text=This%20tiny%20incision%20makes%20laparoscopic,shorter%20hospital%20stays%20for%20patients

https://www.verywellhealth.com/preventing-or-minimizing-scars-after-surgery-3156926#toc-proper-wound-care-minimizes-scarring

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