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Preparing for a Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is usually performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that you go home the day of your surgery. For your particular situation, you will be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your surgery, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
Be sure to make a list of the medicines you take right now, including:
  • Prescriptions from your doctor
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Dietary supplements, like vitamins or herbal remedies.
Also, tell your healthcare provider if you have any allergies. This is important for every visit with your doctor and any time you need to go to the hospital.
You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your procedure. Additionally, dietary restrictions may be made by your doctor. Due to medications often used for a laparoscopy, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours afterward, so be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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