What to Expect After Laparoscopy and Cyst Removal



Surgical procedures are never fun. For most people, they are downright unnerving. Even relatively noninvasive procedures and “routine outpatient surgeries,” like laparoscopies, laparoscopic cyst removal and so forth, still warrant cause for concern. Any surgery is a big deal! (Photo courtesy of Jane M. Sawyer.)

Time and time again, of all the people I know, I am the first person to run to the Internet to try and self-diagnose or to anticipate how I will feel during and after a procedure. I know I am not alone in that respect. So, I wanted to share my experience in the hopes that it might alleviate some worry or shed some light on laparoscopy and laparoscopic cyst removal. Through this article, I wanted to share some observations and experiences from my recent surgical procedure – laparoscopy to remove a benign cyst from one of my ovaries.

Completely out of character for me, I didn’t even read up on what laparoscopy was or how they do it. I relied on my doctor’s two-minute debriefing and the accounts of a few of my coworkers and family members who had also endured the same procedure. It astonished me to learn that removal of an ovarian cyst via laparoscopy is not at all uncommon. In fact, as I told more people about my upcoming laparoscopic procedure, it seemed each person’s mother, cousin, friend, or coworker also had the same surgery. I was not alone!

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves making tiny incisions in the abdomen. The surgery employs a lighted instrument (laparoscope) as a camera so the doctor can perform the procedure with clear visibility into the abdominal region. My procedure involved three incisions. The first one was inside my bellybutton (the most painful!), one on my left lower abdomen, and one in the pelvis area, just below my bikini line.

As the typically super busy person that I am, I found it easy to avoid and ignore the upcoming surgical procedure for a month and a half leading up to the big day. I stayed off of the WebMD and Mayo Clinic Web sites. I also completely blocked the surgery from my mind until the weekend preceding it. Even then, I really didn’t give the laparoscopy or the cyst removal much thought.

What to Expect on the Morning of the Laparoscopic Cyst Removal

Ask your doctor any questions you may have! (Photo courtesy of Carlos Paes.)When July 15 finally arrived, my stomach was tied in knots. My husband took me to the hospital and my mom and sister met us there. First, I met with a nurse for some preliminary stuff like testing blood pressure and going over a pre-surgery questionnaire.

Somewhat amusingly (in retrospect), I went into my surgical day with the intentions of enjoying a nice celebratory lunch once the pesky ovarian cyst had been whisked out of my body. I imagined French fries and a turkey club, hold the mayo, tomatoes, and lettuce. At first, I had the impression that my laparoscopic cyst removal surgery and recovery were going to be a breeze based on what I heard from the majority of the people who’d had laparoscopy or those who knew someone who had. I was not prepared for what I was about to hear, or what happened to me later that night.

Following some discussion with the nurse, the anesthesiologist visited me to go over some details. He reminded me of a character from one of the medical shows I like to watch so much. He casually informed me of various side effects of the anesthesia that would most likely impact the way I felt after the laparoscopy… nausea, pain, extreme pain in my shoulder from GAS THEY WOULD USE TO INFLATE MY BELLY!!! It now seemed that lunch might not be such a definite part of my day. In fact, I started to get really nervous at this point. Of course, the anesthesiologist assured me that I would already be sleeping for any of the scary parts of the procedure.

Laparoscopy Timing

A quick word on surgery times and scheduling…. Be prepared – there may be a bit of waiting around and sitting in a hospital gown with your butt cheeks flapping in the wind as you await your turn on the morning of your procedure. For me, the worst part besides being scared in general involved the fact that I could not eat or drink anything at all after midnight. I normally guzzle water like it’s going out of style every day, starting around 9 in the morning, if not earlier. It was tough to be allowed only a small sip of water here or there – I think a total of three sips from midnight to my surgery, which didn’t begin until around 11 a.m.

My hubby and mom and sister got to take turns sitting with me until my doctor came by to make sure I was ready. The nurse carted me over to a room where I met another nurse and then received an IV to relax me before they took me into the operating room where I would have the cyst removed from my left ovary. The IV did make me sleepy, and I barely remember anything between getting stuck in the arm and then talking a little bit to the anesthesia guys. The last thing I remember is just a blip – I saw these two big blue, bright lights above me and out I went.

Waking Up from Anesthesia After the Laparoscopy

Oh – did I forget to mention that they put a tube down your throat while they work and as you sleep? Yeah, well luckily they remove it before you wake up, but I did have quite the scratchy throat as I came to. Luckily the nurses have a heavy supply of ice chips and Styrofoam cups with little plastic spoons to help ease the raw throat.

Apparently, upon first waking up I asked the nurse about replacing my navel ring. I guess I was so worried about it closing up that it was the first thing on my mind when I started coming out of the anesthesia. I honestly don’t even remember asking her about it. Truthfully, when I realized the swelling and pain in my belly and especially bellybutton area, I realized that I would not be replacing my bellybutton ring anytime soon. In fact, I don’t think I’m going to replace it at all because I’m quite sure, at more than a week later the piercing hole is more than likely sealed shut. This piercing is the only one I have, other than earrings, so this is the only thing I had to remove besides all my jewelry.

One thing that amused me in particular upon waking up from the anesthesia – if you don’t take enough deep breaths, a machine hooked up to you starts to beep so that a nurse comes over. It took me a few times before I asked her what it meant, and then I made it a point to breathe better. I wanted to get out of the recovery room and go see my honey and my mom and sis! Soon after I learned the trick to earlier release, I found myself on the way back to the original room where I first started out that morning.

What to Expect in the Hospital after the Laparoscopy…


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51 thoughts on “What to Expect After Laparoscopy and Cyst Removal

  1. Had laparoscopic surgery two days ago to remove a large dermoid cyst and Right ovary. I have muscle pain around my rib cage but also this odd “sloshing” whenever I roll over or move side to side. Like when you drink alot and water sloshes in your stomach….. anyone else experience this? My docotor is terrible and doesn’t return my calls. Also, did any of you go on an antibiotic after your procedure? I wasn’t put on one…

  2. I just had the surgery Friday and no one prepared me for the post surgery feelings. The doctors only tell you that you can resume normal activities in 3-4 weeks but they do not discuss w/ you what happens in between that time! I am in PAIN! I arrived home that Friday evening and was vomiting until 4am the next morning. If you have a recliner, sleep on it. An ice pack helps as well for stomach pains. I also had the shoulder pain.

  3. I am in my mid-60’s. For many years I looked pregnant, but my GP said it was all I could expect at my age after 3 kids and a hysterectomy! A bout of pneumonia caused other issues and I was referred to a consultant who sent me for a CT scan which showed a 20cm ovarian cyst. Within 6 weeks it had been removed along with both ovaries and fallopian tubes. I lost 14 lbs and 5-6″ off my waist and abdomen and am still in shock!!
    Had I not read your article, I would have been totally unprepared for what I experienced post-op in the way of pain, fatigue, etc. Even now, 5 weeks post-op and improving, I still get some pain and fatigue. I was given leaflets and some information pre-op, but I didn’t know what questions to ask, and no-one told me about the psychological effect of a major change in body-shape, or about loss of balance due to my centre of gravity moving!
    Thank you so much for writing about your experience, and to all who have posted here. Your help was fantastic!

  4. I just had a 13cm cyst removed 2 weeks ago. The shoulder tip pain and sneezing was the worst! I didn’t need pain meds for the surgery itself at all. They ended up taking the ovary and the tube and told me I was not to lift for 3 weeks. They also advised to be off work 2-4 weeks and because I clean offices/houses, they strongly advised taking 4. The main thing I am dealing with now is wanting to sleep all the time.

  5. @Brittany – My belly button went completely back to normal! I never put the ring back in though, as it seemed too tight of a fit when I woke up from the anesthesia. Good luck!

    @Justine – I am so sorry to hear of your ordeal! I remember the tiredness lasted the longest out of all the recovery symptoms. I feel like I was back up to speed maybe in a month…? Two weeks showed substantial improvement but I do remember being tired for quite a while after the procedure.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all of you!

  6. Hi All, about a month ago i was in an enormous amount of mid cycle pain. My GP sent me for an ultrasound which detected an abnormal cyst on my left ovary. I was referred to a gyno who sent me for ovarian cancer test, CA125, HE 4 and ROMA. The results came back elevated and he scheduled me in to have laparoscopic/exploratory surgery on July 13. I was told if my gyno could not remove the cyst without it busting (in case it was cancerous) that he would remove my ovary. I am 44, and had my family. I just wanted it OUT! He did have to remove my ovary and found endometriosis on my right ovary which he burnt off. I was in hospital overnight. Nothing prepared me for the pain I had in my right shoulder!! It was total agony! The pathology came back ok but he advised me to go back to my GP and discuss looking elsewhere because of the elevated cancer test. It has now been 2 1/2 weeks since my surgery and I am still in some pain and exhausted! When does the tiredness disappear?

  7. Ok i’ve had my belly ring for about two years or so and im having this surgery for two cyst on my right ovary (one potentially endometriosis) i am also on coumadin from the pills i was taking to shrink my cyst so i am expected to bleed more be in more pain and out longer…but like you i am spazzing…DID YOUR BELLY RING EBVER RETURN TO NORMAL??? I LOVE MINE AND WOULD HATE TO LOSE IT…AND IS YOUR BELLY BUTTON THE SAME AS IT WAS BEFORE??? 😳 :sigh:

  8. 🙂 I had 4 ovarian cysts removed by laparoscopy and ablation done on Wednesday. Today is Sunday. I am tired, but have only minimal pain and require no pain medication. The gas pains were gone after 2 days. I was advised to move my arms and walk around the house to help my body absorb the CO2 gas. I think that was good advice. I have bruising around my navel and it is tender. I have been wearing pants that sit below the waist. The other incisions are tender, but have no bruises. I plan to return to work tomorrow. I have a desk job. I had no problem urinating. I did have some constipation, but getting off the pain meds, doing some walking and eating lots of fruit solved the problem. Drink lots of water too. The doctor found endometriosis around my ovaries and ureters. I am 51 , so I am not sure where we go from here.

  9. Just had a 6cm cyst removed from right ovary yesterday. The incision near my left ovary is all bruised up and hurts. I have extremely sharp pains in my right side and it hurts to take a deep breath. When I urinate it hurts to push it out. Still have the gas pains in both shoulders. They only gave me Vicodin for pain relief, which is not working like I hoped. They did recommend switching between ibuprofen and vicodin and also applying ice packs to my abdomen. I somewhat slept in the recliner last night but woke up very stiff! My doc told me I should be able to resume regular activity the day after surgery, but I’m not feeling like it’s going to work out that way. Has anyone else had issues after surgery they can share? Maybe I’m just freaking out a little.

  10. Great article. Wish I read this article before I had surgery. I just had one ovary removed due to cyst and my gallbladder at the same time last Tuesday, its now 10 days later. I’ve been experiencing the same things. Abdomen area hurts the most and I do have a hard area between belly button and hair line. Also, it was hard for me to sleep in bed, had to sleep on couch. Friends of mine since told me they slept in a Lazy Boy – wish I had one of those. Would have been well worth the purchase! If you can’t bend, definitely squat, it helps to be low to the ground. My biggest complaint now is that it still hurts to wear pants! Wish I was a sundress kind of gal, because it would be the perfect time to wear them in this 90 degree midwest heat.

  11. Just thought I would update ya’ll i had my surgery two weeks ago it was a diagnostic laproscopy and they found a cyst on my right ovary the size of a large cantaloupe and a little endometriosis but now i am feeling better. When I had my utrasound it showed that I had a cyst about the size of a grape so my doctor was shocked to see how huge it was but anyway.For the first couple of days I barely remember anything cause when I woke up out of general anethstisia I was in so much pain they had to give me two doses of Morphine and I only ate jello for 3 days cause i didn’t feel like eating anything but the hardest thing was sitting up from the laying down position. Now I am just achy and cramps like you get for your period but I got the go ahead from my doctor to start trying to concieve I know it is still early but he said now is the best time cause he burned off the endometriosis but we will see. 😆

  12. How much does a laparascopy cost with insurance? It’s an outpatient procedure?
    With my insurance, I get an allowance of 3500 dollars for fertility visits and procedures that I don’t pay out of pocket for. It’s a abdominal diagnostic laparascpoy that’s being performed.

  13. Also, is it different if I’m a teenager? I read that they do it under general anesthesia, so they must have you hooked up to a heart monitor right? Has anyone ever had this? Is it painful or just bothersome? Thanks!

  14. I am freaking out soooo bad right now…i am having surgery tomorrow to remove a cyst on my right ovary. I am about to get ready for my pre-op today and i am a nervous wreck.I honestly thought this procedure was going to be no big deal and i was not going to need any help taking care of my 4 year old son afterward and next sunday I am supposed to spend Mothers Day alone with my mom getting mani pedis but it looks like she will be taking care of me instead. I was also wondering about getting pregnant afterward? Do you know how long you are supposed to wait because my husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past 2 years and I was just wondering if anyone has gone on to have normal pregnancies after surgery or if there are any complications to prepare myself for. So thanks for the insight and reality check.LOL

  15. 🙂 Good morning,
    Last Thursday they went in to remove a cyst from my ovary as well as a pretty large fibroid out of my uterus. I found this site to get information as to what to expect. I really prayed hard for NO PAIN in my shoulders(which thank God I didn’t have!) I’ve used very minimal of my pain medication! 😉 As a matter of fact I’m @ work typing this….I even drove. No meds since Sunday night…..Praise God. I’m very sleepy……lol lol and still don’t have an appetite 😕 . Thanks to all who shared so I could have a heads up…..lol. I had to stay in the hospital the day of my surgery and I only took a Motrin when they took me to my room. Thank you Lord for the recovery He’s giving me….the progress is a real blessing. Oh yeah and my miracle was given to me in that when my doctor went in to remove the cyst (rather large)~it had BURST 🙄 so she did not have to remove my cyst as she thought!! GOD IS FAITHFUL

  16. I had this procedure last Tuesday. I am a runner (Marathon) and am waiting to get back to running. I had pretty much the same experience as the writer but I did not take any of the meds after the procedure. I bled from my bellybutton and had a horrible time getting my bladder back on track. I now have the feeling of always being full or wanting to burp. I walked on the treadmill today and found that my insides (where they removed the cyst, ovary and tube) hurt a little. They didn’t hurt at all before. Here’s hoping for the best. I am due to run a half marathon in 12 weeks, I hope I recover soon so that I can start my training. 😆 Good luck to you all.

  17. I had this procedure done last Tuesday. I am a runner (Marathon) and am waiting to get back to running. I had pretty much the same experience as the writer but I did not take any of the meds after the procedure. I bled from my bellybutton and had a horrible time getting my bladder back on track. I now have the feeling of always being full or wanting to burp. I walked on the treadmill today and found that my insides (where they removed the cyst, ovary and tube) hurt a little. They didn’t hurt at all before. Here’s hoping for the best. I am due to run a half marathon in 12 weeks, I hope I recover soon so that I can start my training. 😆 Good luck to you all.

  18. I had this procedure done to remove a cycst on January 27. I wasn’t exspecting these results. I was n a lot of pain and had this bad pain under my ribs for days. I had a gush of bleeding to come out all at once for at least 4 days off and on. Im a little better now but still have bleeding lightly. I threw up after the procedure in the hospital and stayded nausea for several days. Now Im still a lil nausea and pain. But its getting better. BTW my doctor told me I could return to work within 48 hrs due to Im a customer service rep and will be sitting all day. Still not a good idea I was in pain, sick, nausea and sweating. But as I stated it is getting better

  19. i had this done on december 1st , acutally at 50% endometreosis covering my uterous then i had 4 cysts on my ovaries and ahd 2 ablasions of my uterous off , the recovery was horrible i ended back in the emergency room to because i was in so much pain and constipated for 9 days … the gas releasing out of my body was probably the most painful part of it , my shoulders, ribs and back from the gas they inflate you with felt horrible.. Then id cry and it would hurt my incisions… its now been almost a month and im still feeling groggy and just got my first period since the surgery and my cramps are bad still but not as bad as they were before i went for the surgery… i will be on the luperan shot for 6 months now to hope that it clears it all up !!! any questions anyone can ask

  20. hi,
    I had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy 3 days ago. I was allowed to stay overnight in hospital which i am greatful for. A catheter was placed, i was given painkillers via a drip and was not allowed to eat or drink after the operation to prevent shoulder pain.
    The next day i was discharged and went home, ate a plate of rice and had the worst pain in my shoulder and ribs. It only lasted a minute but it was bad.
    im feeling better today but still sore and tired

  21. Thank goodness for this post/thread!!! Im in my 2nd day post surgery, and I was wondering WHY my belly is soo swollen, the doc/hospital never informed me I would be pumped with gas..I was discharged me and I was still loopy, they should have let me “be” for at least another hour or so, the so called discharge instructions ment nothing to me at the time, besides, it was very little and now I’m calling the doc for questions. I’m not salty…staff treated me kindly, however would have been nice if all information was disclosed…I was loopy, not incoherent. 😉

  22. I am now two full weeks post-op. I had a nasty cyst removed from my ovary and also had my gall bladder removed at the same time. I was not about to wait four weeks for a second surgery to blow my stomach up with CO2. I am still very tired. My incision sites are still sore especially the lower left. I could not climb steps the first week. And to think I thought I was going to go school shopping four days later! HAH! I can barely do it now two weeks later. Definitely was not prepared for the pain. Accurate description of what happened. I also had to take magnesium citrate the day before and fast. Afterwards, I did not eat and barely drank for almost a week because I did not want to get up too much to go to the bathroom. Way too painful!!!!

  23. I am 1 week out of laporacopic surgery for endometrosis. I keep reading about painful belly button and incision sites but how bad us the bruising suppose to be. I am pretty much bruised from around belly button down to hair line. Second incision looks ok with minimal bruising. I still can not imagine going back to work. Pain meds gave me canker sores so I stopped taking them and am just in so much pain still? Any responce for bruising would be appreciated. Thanks

  24. Anyone else have pain (like a pulled muscle) near the left side inscision? I am 5 days post surgery. Still have lots of puffiness in my belly, sundresses are my best friends right now. Back at work but had to leave early last two days, not feeling well, head still seems a bit fuzzy at times. Hoping I can make it all day today. Anyone else having any of these things? Well wishes to everyone having this for a speedy recovery.

  25. I just had surgery yesterday and all I can say is WOW. I’m in so much pain whenever I move, my mother has to help me walk to the washroom!
    Has anyone else had a discharge of mucus and blood? The doctor wasn’t very clear on that part :sigh:
    Also, whenever I get up it feels like everything in my stomach is moving around because of the gas they filled me with.
    Men have it SO easy 😛

  26. I had the surgery 2 weeks ago and I’m still experiencing a swollen belly to the point where it’s hard to fit in my pants. I wasn’t sure if it was weight gain from not working out for 2 weeks or from the surgery. Is anyone else experiencing the same swelling? I am also still feeling tired during the day, I can’t do anything too strenuous. The incision on my lower pelvic area doesn’t hurt anymore, but the belly button is still sore and swollen. Hopefully the swelling goes away soon. Does anyone know when approximately the belly swelling goes away, I miss wearing my nice pants!

  27. 🙁 Hey ladies. I am a week post laprascopic surgery to remove cysts and scar tissue from endometriosis. This is what they DONT tell you… They don’t tell you that right after the surgery your mouth will feel like a box of cotton balls and they try to feed you CRACKERS of all things. THey don’t tell you your belly button will turn from an “inny” to an “outy” and look horrible. They don’t tell you how long to expect to be in pain. I’m still hurting and still have stitches (I guess they are the kind that disintegrate b/c I don’t go back to see my doc until August (this is June btw). They also don’t tell you walking after the surgery is the most painful and if you work and stand on your feet all day a hard tile floor is murder. make sure to wear comfortable tennis shoes to return to work (of course you will have to have someone to put them on for you as you will not be able to reach your feet)!! Good luck to anyone having the surgery. Us girls have to stick together!!

  28. i’m 6 weeks out from my laproscopy. i had a bit of a potbelly before the surgery, but now all of that area has swollen up to about twice the size! none of my pants fit, and i haven’t gained any weight… i hope that it goes down soon… also, i had pain for about 3.5 weeks. at 4 weeks i was pretty much pain free… now i’m just waiting for this swelling to go down…

  29. Did you experience stomach bloating/swelling after your procedure? It’s been two weeks since mine, and my stomach is still swollen.

  30. Had This 2 days ago! Pain horrific. Only Naproxen, an antiimfllatory and tylenol plain. Im bloated and swollen especially at the top left incision. I’m a nurse and I would fight for more pain killers for my patients. Feels like I have a bladder infection, tugging burning pain- no one said anything about pain after. Is this supposed to be such torture??? I think this is cruel and unusual punishment. I do have a good pain tolerance, but this is awful!

  31. 😳 I had laproscopic surgery yesterday to remove my left ovary cause I had a cyst taken up the whole ovary! Well it wasn’t bad but the recovery is horrible I am in so much pain both sides under my ribs are hurting me so bad everytime I breath my stomach hurts;(( is this normal to hurt Like this??

  32. I had a laparoscopy a month ago, and my belly button still has so much hardness under the incision area. Im hoping this will disappear over time? It forms a lump that bulges outward when I stand upright. Eee. Anyone else have this rather annoying aesthetic change? 😕

  33. Hi, did laparoscopy yesterday & I’m in so much pain but it feels better after going through this site cause I know I’m not the only one going through this pain. Thanks for all the advise

  34. That sums it all up pretty good!!! I had an ovary and fallopian tube removed 5 days ago because of a cyst that was entangled around it. Still feel pretty sore, especially at the site nearest the missing ovary but have not had to take painkillers today!

    the only thing missing from your account that was different from mine was that I had to drink pico-silax the day before my surgery to clean out my bowels (so they wouldn’t accidentally get nicked). This meant that i had to go almost 2 days without eating. Also, it was supposed to be day surgery but i was admitted to the hospital because I was throwing up (from the anesthetic) and couldn’t wake up fully. My operation was at 12, I finally woke up 13 hours later. Starving, of course but was told I couldn’t eat anything other than crackers!

    The biggest problem now is the swollen abdomen- it’s huge! I look 6 months pregnant!! when will go away? Is there anything I can do to decrease the amount of swelling?

  35. Has anyone had their belly button swell up and come down into the open space? My incision is at the top of my belly button, and it looks ugly and ridiculous! It is one full week after my laparoscopy. Any similar experiences or comments? :sigh:

  36. I was wondering if anyone has had this experience after a laparoscopy? My belly button is so swollen one full week after the surgery (the incision is at the top of my belly button) that it looks like the inside of the top of the belly button has come down to fill the open space that used to be there in the middle. I wonder if it will shrink back up into itself eventually? It looks so ugly and ridiculous! Any similar experiences or comments?

  37. thank you for all the helpful information…I am 2 days out and feel like I have been hit by a truck 😳 It was such a relief to read this info and know I am not the only one dealing with this. Thanks Again 🙂

  38. This was very helpful and had a great sense of humour in there, too.
    I’m two weeks out and also a busy person so, generally, very annoyed that I don’t yet have the strength or stamina to do what I normally do.
    Thank you for letting me know this is normal – to be fatigued and making it seem okay to continue with the extra lounging and sleep.

  39. Hi, thanks for sharing your experience it has been very helpful. I am suffering from abdominal pain for about three months already. I have been to so many doctors and all they have found is 2 ovarian cysts on my left ovary. I am a little afraid of the surgery but I think that I really need it because I can’t stand the pain any longer. I also have very bad lower back ache on the left side I not sure if is because of the cysts. I am very afraid of the general anesthesia but most of all for the tube that goes in the throat. Your experience helped a lot to understand but I am still afraid. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  40. I just had a laparoscopy, and im super glad you did this website!! It makes me feel better knowing that others went through what i am going through now. The only thing im unsure of is the amount of bleeding, my doctor said spotting for a few days, its been three days, and im bleeding pretty heavy.. is that normal?

  41. Wow, I am so glad you posted this. I had to have emergency surgery on Fri. for a ovarian cyst that was cutting off blood supply and blocking my urethra and I am feeling really tired today. Just happened to search the web with the words “tired and no energy after laparoscopy”, and found your site. It has only been 6 days but today, I am worn out, no energy, but after reading your experience, I feel better knowing it is a part of the healing. Thank you so much for posting, very informative.

  42. Hi Jane –
    I am so sorry to hear that you are hurting from the cyst! I would say to do what is best for your health – getting it removed – is the best thing. Any employer should be understanding about you having a medical issue that needs to be handled. It isn’t like you just want to stay home and relax or go on vacation… My recommendation for you is to see if you can work from home – if your job allows it or is something you can do from home – or to take even *two days* off to recover from the surgery. I was in some pretty real discomfort after my surgery and was not feeling up to driving afterward, so I really do suggest taking at least one day, maybe two, to recover. Also, talk to your doctor and see what they recommend. You might be able to get the surgery on a Thursday or Friday and use the weekend to get back on your feet!

    I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. Now, more than two years later, my own surgery is just a memory. 🙂

  43. I am in pain (5cm cyst) so need the surgery done, but am a single mom and just started a new job after being unemployed for 2 years – how on earth am I supposed to schedule this, I have no idea. 😕
    Any suggestions? My daughter will be home from college for Xmas break so I’m thinking do it then, but can’t take the time off work.

  44. Hey Rachel – thanks for your comment. I remember after 2 full weeks I felt almost normal but still very tired. It felt like forever until I could sleep on my tummy again. I think the tummy gradually decreased in swelling until it was just like a little donut around my bellybutton. I would say it should hopefully be back to normal by the end of the second week. If you are still concerned, give your doctor a quick call – mine was awesome with post-op stuff.

  45. Thank you for posting your experience. I just had the procedure done last wednesday (Oct 20th) and today is my first day back at work. Your experience is more or less what I also experienced. The shoulder pain and abdominal swelling/bloatedness I would say is the worse part of it. I was wondering how long it took for the swelling to go down. None of my clothes currently fit and my stomach is very bloated and tender. I appreciate your comments.

  46. Hi Kathy – thanks for the great feedback on the article and I am so glad you found it helpful. You will be in really good shape with a week off! I wish I had taken more time but hated to use vacation days for laying around, heh. 😛 It was definitely awesome having my husband and dad around to help take care of me after the surgery. I am sure your laparoscopy will go great and I wish you a speedy recovery!

  47. Thanks for posting your experience. Iam going in for that surgery oct 20 and have been surfing the web for what to expect and your story has helped me feel less anxious, I think..lol…I wasn’t expecting shoulder pain or weeping of the incicion and now am thinking what loose pants to wear. My mom is taking me and will stay a day so that will be good. and my daughter and husband in the evenings after school and work. I have been preparing dinners and freezing them so from what you said, that will come in handy if I will feel so tired. I am taking a full week off work, as I wasn’t sure what to expect and now Im glad I did. I work at a computer and sit all day and Im sure sitting with pants on will not feel very good with bloating and incisions….thanks again and glad I came across your story.

  48. I just had this very procedure 2 days ago and your account of everything is completely, 100% right on! The tube down the throat caught me off guard, and after the procedure eating those yummy saltine crackers in post-op was like filling my mouth with wallpaper paste… and having it harden within 10 seconds! I do have a bit of a sore throat from that tube having been there and the shoulder pain… well, that’s something! Pain pills are miracle workers!!

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