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What Is the Recovery Period After Laproscopic Surgery?

After laparoscopic surgery in Huntington Station, it’s time to tackle the recovery period. The good news is that the recovery time for laparoscopic surgery is less than for more invasive surgical methods. The bad news is that recovery from surgery is never pleasant. Here’s what you should know before your procedure.

What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?

Traditional surgery involves large incisions that expose the inner tissues and organs of the body. Laparoscopic surgery uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the inner cavity. A thin, flexible device called a laparoscope is used to light the abdominal cavity and pelvis and transmit video to a screen. Specialized laparoscopic instruments are used to complete whichever procedure is being performed.

This surgery is performed by a specially trained surgeon. While this is often confused with robotic surgery, it is different as it is human-driven (see: Robotic vs Laparoscopic Surgery: What's the Difference Between Them?).

How Long Is Recovery Time for Laparoscopy?


There is no set recovery time for laparoscopic procedures as a whole. Even within specific procedures, recovery time can vary because people heal differently from each other, and sometimes patients don’t follow their aftercare instructions, injuring themselves.


Factors that can influence how long it takes to recover from laparoscopic surgery include:

  • If the procedure was exploratory or surgical
  • If surgical, what the procedure was
  • The overall health of the patient
  • How old the patient is
  • Health conditions that can slow healing
  • How well aftercare is followed
  • The support the patient has at home

In most cases, exploratory laparoscopic procedures have a recovery period of 5-7 days. When the procedure is part of a larger surgical procedure, it can range from 3-12 weeks. Some factors to include when assessing the recovery period include:

  • Whether or Not There Is a Hospital Stay: Most laparoscopic procedures are outpatient, with the individual going home the same day as the surgery (see: Benefits of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy).
  • How Well the Patient Has Healed in The Past: If the patient has had other surgical procedures in the past, their experience could be a good indication of what to expect in terms of a laparoscopic procedure.
  • If There Are Complications: Most surgeries go as expected, but there is always the risk of complications. If these develop, it has the potential to extend the recovery period.

To have the best possible recovery from your procedure, take it easy, follow the doctor’s instructions, and reach out for help if you feel something has gone wrong. Remember to lean on your support people and be gentle with yourself until you are back to normal.