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Is Laparoscopic Surgery Safe?

Laparoscopic surgery sounds futuristic, but is it safe? Safety is a top concern in any surgery. In this article, we will delve into the safety of laparoscopic surgery, comparing it to traditional open surgery to help you make a more informed decision about your healthcare. At Dr. Lee Women’s Specialist Clinic, our surgeons are readily available to address any concerns or inquiries you may have regarding your treatment plan, ensuring that as a patient, you’ll have the opportunity to gain insight into the potential consequences and risks associated with the procedure.


How Many Incisions Are Made in Laparoscopic Surgery?
During laparoscopic surgery, the number of incisions needed depends on the patient’s condition and surgical objectives. Generally, patients undergo between one and four incisions, each measuring between one and two millimeters in length, to accommodate the insertion of surgical instruments, including those necessary for procedures like biopsies to collect tissue samples. After the treatment, the surgical tools are extracted from the patient’s body, and the incisions are carefully closed with stitches or surgical tape to support the healing process. Additionally, dressings may be applied over the incisions to provide an extra layer of protection.


After Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide to Proper Wound Care
Taking proactive steps to care for your incision post-surgery can aid in minimizing scarring and ensuring a successful recovery. These steps include:

Rest: Following laparoscopic surgery, it’s crucial to adhere to our surgeon’s recommendation for rest. Allowing yourself the full two weeks can significantly aid in your recovery process. Pushing yourself too soon can impede the healing process and prolong recovery time.

Proper wound care: This is an essential aspect of minimizing scarring and promoting successful healing after laparoscopic surgery. Follow our surgeon’s instructions diligently and refrain from using ointments or other remedies unless prescribed by our doctor.

Reduce stress on your incision: Avoid lifting, bending, or engaging in activities that stretch or put tension on your incision, including driving. This stress can pull the incision apart and delay healing, potentially resulting in a larger scar.

Avoid exposure to sunlight: Keep the sun off your incision whenever possible. Our surgeon can advise you on when to apply ointments, but it is usually safe to do so after the sutures are removed or the incision has completely closed.


Recommended Sleep Positions for Post-Laparoscopic Surgery Recovery
After laparoscopic surgery, here are the recommended sleep postures for patients:

Back sleeping: Sleeping on your back after laparoscopic surgery is best. Place a cushion under your knees to relieve lower spine strain. Use a neck-sized cushion for support and avoid oversized pillows to prevent discomfort. Avoid prolonged sitting and stay active during the day.

Sleeping on one side: The most common recovery position after laparoscopic surgery is sleeping on your side, which can be beneficial. Use a cushion between your legs to stabilize your pelvis and elevate your lower abdomen with another cushion.

At Dr. Lee Women’s Specialist Clinic, we are committed to your safety and recovery following laparoscopic surgery. By making informed decisions and addressing any concerns you may have, we strive to ensure the best possible outcome. Proper wound care is a crucial aspect of your recovery journey, and our team is here to guide and support you every step of the way.