Intestinal obstruction repair is done under general anesthesia, so the patient feels no pain during the procedure. Common side effects include some post-operative pain and discomfort that can be treated with medications. A laparoscopy may cause some abdominal discomfort or shoulder pain for a day or two due the carbon dioxide gas pumped into the stomach during the procedure. The pain disappears as the body absorbs the gas.
During recovery, large meals may make digestion more difficult. Some foods may cause gas, loose stool or constipation. In addition, healing requires avoiding lifting heavy objects or intense exercise for up to six weeks or until cleared by the doctor.