Digestive Diseases: Laparoscopic Surgery and Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery

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How do I prepare for laparoscopy?

Your surgeon will meet with you to answer any questions you may have. You will be asked questions about your health history and a general physical examination will be performed. Your intestine will require cleaning and you will be given a prescription for a laxative medicine to take the evening before the surgery.

All patients are generally asked to provide a blood sample. Depending on your age and general health, you may also have an ECG (electrocardiogram), a chest X-ray, lung function tests, or other tests. You may also need to meet with another doctor before surgery.

Finally, you will meet with an anesthesiologist, who will discuss the type of pain medication (anesthesia) you will be given for surgery, and you will learn about pain control after the operation.

The evening before surgery you will need to take the prescribed laxative medicine. It is important to follow the directions carefully and drink all of this medicine. This step will decrease your risk of developing an infection from bacteria normally present in the intestine.

Do not eat or drink anything by mouth after midnight the evening before surgery.

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