Laparoscopic surgery scars

Laparoscopic surgery scars

laparoscopic surgery scars

Laparoscopy is usually done under general anaesthesia. Generally, a small incision is made near the belly button and the abdomen is filled with CO2 gas

Most incisions look red at first but fade over time so the scar is hardly noticeable. However, sometimes people develop a thicker type of scar that has extra fibrous tissue — this is called a “keloid scar”.

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make sure your incision heals well

It takes up to a year for the incision to totally heal. It’s very important to keep your incision out of the sun, as this area will burn easily. Direct sunlight can also cause the incision to become darker. If you can’t help being out in the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen with a high (30+) SPF (sun protection factor) on the healed incision to reduce sun exposure.

Once you’re home recovering from your surgery, it’s important to rest, eat healthy foods, and keep your incision(s) clean.

Our bodies are amazing, but everyone needs time to recover from surgery. Ask your doctor when you can participate in sports or other activities you do. Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will go over the discharge orders or Home Care Instructions with you.

10 common questions about Laparoscopic surgery scars

1Do laparoscopy scars go away?
Most incisions look red at first but fade over time so the scar is hardly noticeable. However, sometimes people develop a thicker type of scar that has extra fibrous tissue — this is called a “keloid scar”. What can I do to make sure my incision heals well? It takes up to a year for the incision to totally heal.
2How do you treat laparoscopic incisions?
Incision Care: Laparoscopy incisions are typically very small and rarely have complications. You may wash the incisions with soapy water, then thoroughly dry the area and keep the skin dry. Dressings or band-aids are not necessary as exposure to oxygen in the air speeds healing.
3Why is laparoscopic surgery done?
Laparoscopy, also known as diagnostic laparoscopy, is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to examine the organs inside the abdomen. It's a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions. ... Laparoscopy allows your doctor to see inside your body in real time, without open surgery
4Is a laparoscopy major surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery does not convert a major operation into a minor one. The surgery is still considered major, but the recovery time is quicker, because of the smaller incisions. Although laparoscopy & laparoscopic surgery are regularly and frequently performed, there are risks attached
5Can surgery scars disappear?
The scar won't disappear completely and you'll be left with a visible mark or line. Fine-line scars are common following a wound or after surgery. They aren't usually painful, but they may be itchy for a few months. On darker skin types, the scar tissue may fade to leave a brown or white mark
6How long after a laparoscopy can I go back to work?
Most women feel able to return to work one to three weeks after a laparoscopy. If you have had a diagnostic laparoscopy or a simple procedure such as a sterilisation, you can expect to feel able to go back to work within one week
7How dangerous is laparoscopic surgery?
Although patients tend to think of laparoscopic surgery as minor surgery, it is major surgery with the potential for major complications – visceral injury and bleeding, injury to the bowel, or injury to the bladder.
8When can I take my dressing off after laparoscopy?
The dressings that cover the stitches should be taken off about 24 hours after your surgery when you have a wash or shower. Pain and discomfort: You can expect to have some pain and discomfort in your abdomen after your operation, and you may experience shoulder tip (top of the arm and end of the shoulder) pain
9Can I climb stairs after laparoscopy?
Climb stairs slowly and pause after every few steps. Don't drive for a few days after the surgery. You may drive as soon as you are able to move comfortably from side to side as long as you aren't taking any narcotics
10What should I wear after a laparoscopy?
What should you take to the hospital? Pack very loose clothing to wear after surgery, preferably something without a waistband. An oversized pullover dress is ideal. You may also want to take mini-pads, socks, and slip-on shoes or house slippers

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