FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Surgery Questions

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.

LAPAROSCOPYWhat is laparoscopic surgery?

It’s a revolutionary and well established surgical approach by which surgery is performed through tiny incisions in the abdominal wall to introduce a long special camera and instruments through them.

ANAESTHESIAWill I need to be under general anesthesia?

Yes, almost every laparoscopic procedure is done under general anaesthesia and it is actually for your safety.

Will I have adverse reactions to the anesthesia?

No, unless you have a specific known allergy to the medications used for it, you won’t have any relevant undesired reaction.

INCISIONSHow many incisions are required?

Depends on the procedure, but usually, the number goes from 3 to 5 abdominal incisions, the majority of them of 5 millimeters (0.2 of an inch), and the biggest ones of 12 millimeters (0.47 of an inch).

Will I have sutures coming out of the incisions?

No, no sutures will be visible, we place internal stitches, so they do not have to be removed afterward, the only visible thing will be some adhesive strips. Also, no staples used in your skin!

SURGICAL CLIPS OR STAPLESWill my body have an adverse reaction to the staples?

Not at all, they are titanium made and won’t trigger any adverse reaction whatsoever. They can stay in place for life. We use the for example to close the duct that connects the gallbladder with your body.

MESHWhat is a mesh?

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.

How does a mesh work?

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.

Will I have an adverse reaction to the presence of a mesh in my groin, abdominal wall or hiatus?

Meshes are made and placed actually expecting a reaction from the body to it, the clue here is the type of mesh used to have an adequate reaction and depends on the case, Dr. Rosales will decide the best for you.

DRAINSWill I have drains coming out of my abdomen?

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.

If I do need the drain, how much will it be there?

It all depends on the case, usually can be removed the day you are discharged.

MEDICATIONSWill I be able to take my usual medications after surgery?

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.

Will I need to take prescription medications after surgery?

Yes, but we will also take care of it for you.

RECOVERYHow much time will it take for me to start walking?

The same day of the procedure you will be able to walk with no difficulty and just minor discomfort in the incision sites.

Will I be able to eat or drink immediately after the procedure?

You will be able to, at least, have liquids that same afternoon.

How many days will I have to stay at the hospital?

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.

How much time off work?

After almost every procedure done through laparoscopy, our patients can do a regular activity once they get home, return to work in 5 to 7 days, and if it’s a desk job maybe even earlier.

How much time should I wait before exercising?

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.)

DIETWill I need to follow a specific diet after surgery?

Not necessarily, depends on the procedure done, please click here or on the Specific FAQ`S of the disease you are interested.

PREVIOUS SURGERYThe fact I had previous abdominal surgery changes the outcomes?

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 closely related to the type of surgery previously done.

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