The recovery time for laparoscopic surgery varies depending on the type of anesthesia used, the patient's physical reaction to the operation, and the patient's overall physical condition, according to Healthline. Doctors generally discharge patients after the anesthesia wears off, and they can resume normal activities in one week.
It is normal to feel minor pain around the surgery area and shoulder due to the carbon dioxide irritating the diaphragm, which has nerves in common with the shoulder, according to Healthline. The pain should improve daily.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that allows a doctor to observe the internals of a patient in real time, explains Healthline. The surgeon inserts a thin camera through a small incision in the abdominal wall of the patient. The surgeon can also collect biopsy samples during a laparoscopy.