Postoperative Care

Patients are observed for a short time in the outpatient area and routinely discharged the same day of surgery. An intravenous nonsteroid, such as ketorolac, is given to patients at the time of emergence from anesthesia for pain control. Patients are ambulated in the recovery area, asked to void prior to release, and given a mild narcotic for postoperative pain control for the next several days. Routine activities, including showering, can be initiated the day after surgery. Patients are to refrain from driving while on narcotics and whether substantial pain still exists. Table 2 lists the most common postoperative complications.

Significant bleeding may occur from various sources, including the epigastric vessels, the crossing veins over Cooper's ligament, and the iliac vessels. Proper trocar placement and dissection in the correct plane prevents injury to such vessels.

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