FAQ’S
   
   
“When your health is the issue, every question that crosses you mind, is an important question for us”
   
   
 
FAQ’S    
 
The following information applies to every laparoscopic procedure we offer you, if you are interested in learning more about a specific procedure please click on Specific FAQ’S or contact us and we will gladly clear any doubt you might have.

Laparoscopy

•    Q: What is laparoscopic surgery?
•    A: It’s a revolutionary and well established surgical approach by which surgery is performed through very small incisions in the abdominal wall to introduce a long special camera and instruments through them.
     
     
Anaesthesia

•    Q: Will I need to be under general anaesthesia?
•    A: Yes, almost every laparoscopic procedure is done under general anaesthesia and it is actually for your own safety.
     
•    Q: Will I have reactions to the anaesthesia?
•    A: No, unless you have a specific known allergy to the medications used for it, you won’t have any relevant undesired reaction.
     
Incisions

•    Q: How many incisions are required?
•    A: Depends on the procedure, but usually the number goes from 3 to 5 abdominal incisions, the majority of them of 5 millimetres (0.2 of an inch), and the biggest ones of 12 millimetres (0.47 of an inch).
     
•    Q: Will I have sutures coming out of the incisions?
•    A: No, no sutures will be visible, we place internal stitches so they do not have to be removed afterwards, the only visible thing will be some adhesive strips. Also, no staples in your skin!
     
Surgical Clips or Staples

•    Q: Will my body have an adverse reaction to the staples?
•    A: Not at all, they are titanium made and won’t trigger any adverse reaction whatsoever. They can stay in place for life.
     
     
Mesh

•    Q: What is a mesh?
•    A: It is a sterile woven material made from synthetic or biologic material, meshes are very sturdy and strong, yet very thin, soft and flexible to allow to easily conform to your body.
     
•    Q: How does a mesh works?
•    A: depending on the repair technique used, the mesh can be placed either under or over the defect in the abdominal wall and held in place with sutures or specially designed staples.
     
•    Q: Will I have an adverse reaction to the presence of a mesh in my groin, abdominal wall or hiatus?
•    A: Meshes are made and placed actually expecting a reaction from the body to it, the clue here is the type of mesh used in order to have an adequate reaction and depends on the case, Dr. Rosales will decide the best for you.
     
     
Drains

•    Q: Will I have drains coming out of my abdomen?
•    A: No, in the majority of the cases. It depends on the procedure done, the procedures in which the possibility mainly exists are: cholecystectomy and giant incisional hernia repair.
     
•    Q: If I do need the drain, how much will it be there?
•    A: It all depends on case, usually can be removed the day you are discharged.
     
Medications

•    Q: Will I be able to take my usual medications after surgery?
•    A: During your hospital stay we’ll take care of everything, at discharge, you’ll be able to restart your usual medications. Unless Dr. Rosales tells you otherwise.
     
•    Q: Will I need to take prescription medications after surgery?
•    A: Yes, but we will also take care of it for you.
     
Recovery

•    Q: How much time will it take for me to start walking?
•    A: The same day of the procedure you will be able to walk with no difficulty and just minor discomfort in the incision sites.
     
•    Q: Will I be able to eat or drink immediately after the procedure?
•    A: You will be able to, at least, have liquids that same afternoon.
     
•    Q: How many days will I have to stay on the hospital?
•    A: Usually just one day, two days maximum, it depends on the procedure. Please click here or on the Specific FAQ`S of the disease you are interested.
     
•    Q: How much time off work?
•    A: After almost every procedure done through laparoscopy, our patients are able to do regular activity once they get home, return to work in 5 to 7 days, and if it’s a desk job maybe even earlier.
     
•    Q: How much time should I wait before exercising?
•    A: Walking the same day of surgery; regular pace cardio activity at 15 days and at 30 days you can do as much as you want! (e.g.: abdominal crunches, weightlifting, etc.)
     
     
Diet

•    Q: Will I need to follow a specific diet after surgery?
•    A: Not necessarily, depends on the procedure done, please click here or on the Specific FAQ`S of the disease you are interested.
     
     
Previous surgery

•    Q: The fact I had previous abdominal surgery changes the outcomes?
•    A: It is always more challenging to “work” on a “non-virgin” abdomen, but in the vast majority of cases the outcomes are the same, and it is very close related to the type of surgery previously done.
     
     
How Mesh Works

    Mesh is generally available in various measurements and can often be cut to size. Depending on the repair technique used, the mesh is placed either under or over the defect in the abdominal wall and held in place by a few sutures. Mesh acts as "scaffolding" for new growth of a patient's own tissue, which eventually incorporates the mesh into the surrounding area.
     
ETHICON

    creates many innovative mesh products that are designed for effectiveness and patient comfort. This section features the most popular mesh products used during inguinal and ventral hernia repairs.
   
       
   
 
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