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”.
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.