What to Expect in the Hospital after Laparoscopic Removal of the Cyst
Once they took me back to the room where I first waited to go for my laparoscopy, I got to sit with my husband for a while, which seemed a good reward for being a good girl all that time. Then my mom got to come in, followed by my sis. While my sister stood with me, they told me some instructions about my care, and I tried to tell the nurse that I wasn’t comprehending it and that my husband would be the one taking care of me, but she didn’t seem to care and just kept rattling on. She then told me to get myself dressed.
Getting dressed required tact on my part. It was a bit painful and then the incision on my bellybutton sprung a leak and blood got all over my favorite pajama top. (Note to potential laparoscopy patients: Don’t bring your favorite pajamas to the hospital for this very reason!) I got patched up and then my hubby saved the day by bringing in a comfier tee for me to wear.
The nurse seemed eager to get me out of the hospital. She told me I was almost ready to be discharged and I just had to go empty my bladder. Then she walked away and another nurse came by within a moment’s time. With a pleasant smile, she said “You’re discharged. Someone can go get the car now,” and she summoned a hospital volunteer to bring a wheelchair over so that I could leave.
What to Expect during Your First Day of Recovery Following Laparoscopic Cyst Removal…
For the most part, you are just going to want to sleep when you get home. Move as little as possible, and drink some fluids. Try to empty your bladder when you feel able, but keep in mind that the anesthesia can really mess with your body functions for the first day or so. For example, your bladder may not cooperate when you need to urinate. Urine retention can be a painful and frightening side effect of anesthesia from laparoscopic ovarian cyst removal. If you have a problem, you may need to go back to the hospital for medical assistance (The hospital can help you to empty your bladder with a catheter).
You may not be hungry right away either, and you may be dizzy and / or sleepy. Your tummy will be sore and you may want to take whatever the doctor prescribes for you. Also, as the anesthesiologist told me, the gas they use to give the doctor more room to work during the laparoscopic cyst removal actually doesn’t all leave your body immediately. In fact, some of it gets absorbed by your body and some of it tries to get out however it can. In my case and in many cases, it causes severe pain in the right shoulder. I think I actually needed the pain meds more for this than for my incisions and swollen abdomen.
What They (Probably) Don’t Tell You, But I Will
If you are having a cyst removed from one of your ovaries, there may be a few things they do not tell you prior to your procedure. You may actually begin spotting following the procedure because all that stuff is connected down there. Bleeding or spotting after laparoscopic ovarian cyst removal can last until your next period arrives, or if you are on a type of birth control that gives you fewer periods, you may still find the spotting lingering until you get your next menstrual cycle. My doctor said this happens because they actually insert an instrument into your uterus during the procedure to move it out of the way so it is not damaged during the surgery. Good thing we are asleep for this!
Also, you may not expect it, but your muscles may not cooperate on the most basic functions. Call your doctor or a nurse hotline if you start to have problems, or if there is an emergency, call 911. I did have complications and my husband did have to call 911 and he and my dad rushed to the hospital after the ambulance. Everything turned out fine and I was soon better, but always remember it is better to be safe than sorry. So if you feel like you need to go back to the hospital – as much as you don’t want to – GO!
What to Expect in the First Week of Recovery Following Laparoscopy…