Laparoscopy is where small incisions are made and plastic tubes are inserted through the incisions. Air (CO2) is introduced into the patient’s abdomen through these tubes. Surgical instruments along with a video camera are then placed through these tubes. The video camera displays images on a monitor. The instruments are then used to perform the same surgery that was done years ago through a laparotomy (Big abdomanal incision).
The vast majority of the patients will have this surgery as an outpatient and will go home the same day. You will need to be on a light diet that is low in fat and cholesterol for about 2 days after surgery so that you can recover from the anesthesia. We recommend a diet low in fat and cholesterol always but try to follow this for about 4 weeks after surgery to help the recovery process. Typically, after recovery there are no dietary restrictions.