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What to Expect After the Operation

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What to expect after the operation

Scar

You’ll have between 2 and 4 small scars at different points on your abdomen. Each one will be small - 1-2 cm. These small wounds may be closed in various ways, including dissolvable stitches or skin glue.

Stitches

If you have stitches which need to be removed, this can usually be done by the practice nurse at your GP surgery, 7-10 days after your operation. Your hospital should already have given you advice about how your wounds are closed and how to care for them.

Dressings

You do not need to keep the scars covered, though some people find it more comfortable to do so. You do not need to worry about getting the scar wet. Many patients have concerns that standing up straight will pull at the stitches. Don’t worry about this. Getting out of bed and standing up straight will actually help you to recover more quickly.

Discomfort

You will experience pain and discomfort around the scars, especially for the first few days. You may also have pain in your shoulder for a couple of days as well.

Tiredness

Your body is using a lot of energy to heal itself, so you will feel more tired than normal - sometimes it can come upon you suddenly.

Feeling emotional

If you feel upset or emotional in the days and weeks after your operation, don’t worry - this is a perfectly normal reaction which many people experience.

Painkillers

Painkillers may well cause constipation, so it’s important to get plenty of fibre in your diet while you are recovering. Fresh fruit and vegetables will help to keep your bowels moving regularly.

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