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AORN J. 1996 Jun;63(6):1099-103, 1106-8, 1111-2 passim.

Recovery from laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures.

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College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, USA.


The authors studied the postoperative experiences of 53 patients who had uncomplicated laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures. Patients rated their pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue before surgery, before discharge, and on postoperative days one, two, three, four, and seven. The majority of patients reported more difficult and painful and slower recoveries than they expected or that they believed were indicated in the education materials provided to prepare them for surgery. The experiences of the patients in this study clearly indicate a need to modify preoperative preparatory education materials.

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