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What to expect before you laparscopic surgery
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hopeful2218 posted:
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Depending on your doc, you may have to do a bowel prep before surgery. If they find endo on your bowel that they want to remove you must have a clean bowel or you will need a colostomy bag for weeks after. If they knick your bowel and it's full, you will end up in the same situation. Every doc does a bowel prep differently and they are no fun. Some will give you a course of antibiotics the day before and restrict you to a clear fluid diet. You will then take laxatives and possibly an enema the morning of your procedure. This has led me to vomit on more then one occassion and your bum is quite sore. I felt so bad from it that I didn't care about the surgery and it made me less anxious. If you have to do a bowel prep, let me know and I can give you some tips and a link on how to survive a bowel prep.

You'll arrive at the hospital a few hours before your procedure. They'll ask you a million times who you are, when you were born, and why you are having surgery. They'll get you into a gown, start and IV, and get you ready to go in. If you are nervous, you can let them know and they can give you something to calm you down. I just never allow them to do that until I have had the opportunity to speak with the anesthesiologist and my surgeon. If you have any questions or concerns, write them down and take them with you. It's very easy to forget basic questions with all of the nerves.

You will meet with the anesthesiologist. They will go over your medical history and ask you a bunch of questions. They will explain to you what they will do. If you have ever had surgery in the past and the anesthesia made you nauseous or vomit, it's very important to let them know. They can give you a cocktail in your IV to help ease this post op and have meds ordered for you in pacu (post anesthesia care unit). GYN surgeries are notorious for making you sick after. I worked on a research study regarding post op nausea and vomiting and we used GYN surgeries b/c of the high rate of occurence.

You'll then meet with your surgeon. They'll go through everything they will do and make sure you don't have any questions. Mine have been good at putting my mind at ease. Remember, if you don't want organs removed - ovaries, uterus, appendix, etc please be sure to let them know this and have them document it on your consent form. Women have awakened post op to realize something was removed that they didn't want to. I would not let them remove anything on my first surgery - once it's gone, it's gone. In my opinion, it's a last resort not a first attempt. A hysto won't cure endo. Be very clear of your wishes up front or you may regret it.

They'll wheel you back when you are ready. You'll jump on the table and they will give you a strong sedative to relax you. In my opinion, it's the best 30 or so seconds. Then you are out like a light. You'll wake up in pacu and start on your road to recovery. Once your pain is under control and you can pee, you are free to leave in most cases.

Before my procedures, I have a few bags of ice on hand for recovery. Ice works wonders for pain and helps the recovery process. Depending on who is with you after, I always make a few meals to freeze and some chicken noodle soup to have on hand. You probably won't feel much like eating and you should have light foods on the day or so after. Also, bring a belly pillow for the ride home. It's a life saver. Just a small throw pillow (or smaller if you have it) - I have a bean bag type thing that is wonderful. You put it against your stomach when you are trying to get up or sit down or under the seat belt. It's helps a ton with pain and moving around. Have you hubby fill your pain meds while he is waiting for you so you have them on hand as soon as you leave the hospital. I also have nice clean sheets ready to go and a spot on the couch ready for my return.
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An_200842 responded:
I do have to do a bowel pre, she told me on monday I can eat, but also to take stool softeners. My Pre Op is Monday and I am sure they will tell me more then. But how often do I take the stool softener? And should I start taking it maybe sooner?


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