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What Problems Can Occur After Surgery?

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Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Complications after laparoscopic surgery are rare. Most people recover quickly and resume their normal activities without problems. However, the risk of infection or other problems exists as with any kind of surgery.

  • There may be some soreness near the incisions, especially when twisting or stretching the body.
  • If a breathing tube was used for the surgery, patients may have a mild sore throat.
  • There may be discomfort in the abdomen, upper chest, shoulders, and neck area due to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the abdomen, but this disappears quickly.

Need To Know:

Contact the doctor immediately if:

  • an incision begins to bleed or leak fluid
  • an incision becomes red, swollen, or feels warm
  • a fever develops
  • there is increased pain in the abdomen or pelvic area
  • chest pain, shortness of breath, and/or leg pain develops
  • light-headedness or dizzy spells occur




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