Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Resume your preoperative routine medications.
  • Take your pain medications and/or antibiotic as explained to you by our nurses.


  • Some changes in your bowels are normal following any surgery. Constipation may last for a couple of weeks after the procedure.
  • To prevent constipation, drink 6-8 glasses of fluids per day, eat high fibre foods, prunes, etc. Metamucil or Coloxyl & Senna are okay. Call during office hours if these methods are ineffective.

Wound Care:

  • Keep your dressings for 48 hours, and then it is ok to peel them off while you are having your shower.
  • No baths or swimming pool exposure for 4 weeks if you had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), or for 1 week for any other procedures e.g. removal of cysts, ovary(s).
  • It will take up to 6 months for your incision to mature into its final form. Ridges and raised red scars will diminish in time and smooth out.
  • Notify your local doctor or call the rooms if the wound becomes red, irritated, or purulent discharge develops. A small amount of blood or clear discharge is normal initially.
  • Some mild abdominal distention and/or cramping are normal. Occasionally, patients report right shoulder pain. A warm heating pad and walking should relieve the discomfort.
  • Sutures will dissolve and fall out in 2 to 3 weeks, you don’t have to remove them, just keep them clean and dry.


  • After surgery, take it easy for a 4 or 5 days before resuming your routine.
  • No driving for a week after surgery or while you are on prescription pain medications. Please make sure your health insurance company is going to cover you when you start driving.
  • It is important to be up and out of bed, walking, but you may fatigue easily. It is important to get enough rest.
  • There is no limit to stair climbing.
  • Limit yourself to light housework (i.e., dusting) for 1 week.
  • No intercourse for 6 weeks if you had a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy and for 2 weeks if you had any other laparoscopic procedure. Gradually increase your level of activity; and remember to listen to your body – IF IT HURTSDON’T DO IT!

Normal Post-Op Changes:

  • You will be bloated for 1-2 weeks following your surgery. This will improve with activity.
  • Some abdominal bruising is normal, as is drainage and small bleeding from your incisions.
  • Vaginal bleeding and discharge are normal for up to 6 weeks.


  • If not already scheduled, please call our office at your earliest convenience to make an appointment for 2 weeks after your surgery.
  • If you have questions or concerns before this appointment, please call the rooms for assistance.
  • Reports from biopsies and final histopathology specimens will be received by Dr. Walker within 5 to 7 working days. Dr. Walker will contact you with the results or discuss them with you on your follow-up visit.

Download: Discharge Information – Laparoscopic Surgery (PDF)

Contact Dr. Walker at any time if you experience

  • Bleeding heavier than a period.
  • Severe abdominal or back/flank pain, severe nausea or vomiting, or shaking chills.
  • Fever over 38°C.
  • Burning on urination or inability to urinate.
  • Foul-smelling discharge that persists for more than 3 days

About Dr Graeme Walker

Dr Walker strives to ensure a gold standard of evidence-based care for all his patients and strongly believes patient care is a 24 hour concern and is therefore contactable at all times in the event of an emergency or complications.

Phone: (07) 5530 0490
Email: [email protected]

Contact Us

1 Step 1
Nameyour full name
Phoneyour phone number
Emailemail address