What To Expect:
diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure in which the doctor uses a
laparoscope to look into the peritoneal cavity. A laparoscope is a thin
metal tube with a light and tiny camera. The peritoneal cavity is the
space that contains most of your abdominal and pelvic organs. You are
given a general anesthetic, which relaxes your muscles, makes you feel
as if you are in a deep sleep, and prevents you from feeling pain.
peritoneal cavity is inflated with carbon dioxide gas. This expands
your peritoneal cavity like a balloon and helps the doctor see your
organs. The doctor makes a small cut near your belly button, puts in
the gas, and then puts the laparoscope through the cut. The doctor may
put other tools through small cuts elsewhere in the abdomen. To look at
the pelvis, for example, the doctor puts a tool through a small cut in
the lower abdomen. The doctor guides the laparoscope to explore the
area and look at certain organs.
instructions provided by Dr. Gowell's office. Eat a light meal, such as
soup, the night before the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything
after midnight and the morning before the procedure. Do not even drink
coffee, tea, or water. Dr. Gowell may ask you to perform a bowel prep
in certain instances. The Hospital will let you know which one of your
normal medications to take the morning of the surgery.
for time to rest and try to find other people to help you with your
day-to-day duties. You may stay in the hospital several hours or
overnight to recover from the anesthetic and be observed for problems
after the laparoscopic surgery. The anesthetic may cause sleepiness or
grogginess for a while. You may have some shoulder pain and feel
bloated. You may notice a change in bowel habits for a few days. You
should avoid heavy activity such as lifting (nothing heavier than a
When should I call the doctor?
Call the doctor immediately if:
You develop a fever >100.4 F.
You develop redness, swelling, pain, or drainage from the small incisions.
You experience nausea and vomiting not controlled with the pain medicine.
You have abdominal pain or swelling that gets worse despite the pain medicine.
What To Expect:
vaginal hysterectomy is a way to take out the uterus through the
vagina. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina.
Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the
Be sure to tell your doctor what medicines you are taking, including nonprescription drugs and herbal remedies.
for your care and recovery after the operation. Allow for time to rest
and try to find other people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
instructions provided by Dr. Gowell's office staff. Eat a light meal,
such as soup, the night before the procedure. Do not eat or drink
anything after midnight and the morning before the procedure. Do not
even drink coffee, tea, or water.
What happens during the procedure?
will be given a regional (spinal) or general anesthetic. A regional
anesthetic numbs the lower part of your body while you remain awake. It
should keep you from feeling pain during the operation. A general
anesthetic relaxes your muscles, makes you feel as if you are in a deep
sleep, and prevents you from feeling pain during the surgery.
You may stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. You may go home with a temporary catheter (a tube to drain the bladder).
What To Expect:
Minimal discomfort during a 15 minute procedure
HCW is comprised of 6 full time OB/GYN's, 3 gynecologists, 2 nurse midwives, 1 nurse practitioner and 2 physician assistants.
Barbara J. Carroll, C.N.M.
Margaret T. Frank, C.N.M