1 Week Prior:
Obviously not all surgeons are the same and they will all have different preparations they will suggest. I do not have a medical degree so follow your doctor’s suggestions, but this is what I did 1 week prior to my surgery:
- Do not take any aspirin or ibuprofen. Tylenol is OK
- Stop all supplements and do not eat or drink anything with ginger or garlic
- Drink lots of water every day: 80-100 ounces
- Get some comfortable clothes. At least 2 pairs of comfortable pants that are not tight around your waist and underwear that are not too tight either. Personally, I made sure to have 3 loose fitting pants and underwear as well as looser tops. Your stomach will be larger due to the gas they put into your stomach in order to do this surgery.
Questions I had for my doctor were:
- What if on an antibiotic? Stop or OK to keep taking? They said it was OK to keep taking
- Can you still have your surgery if you get your period or must you postpone? Yes you can! No worries there.
What to do the night before
Shave (You don’t have to, but I definitely did)
Drink a TON of water to help with low bp if you have it and for hydration for your veins
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
What to bring into the Hospital
Travel sized tissues
Notepad and pen for whoever is with you to write down what your dr says and for you to write down any questions
What to bring to the hospital but leave in the car:
I would just leave these items in the car you will be riding home in or bring them in with you if you will be leaving in a different car so that you have them accessible for the car ride home:
- Slip On Shoes. Just wear these to the hospital to make your life easier because it will not be so easy to bend over or pick up your legs to your stomach.
- Throw up bag – This is for the car ride home in case you vomit. Sometimes this happens to people with anesthesia.
- Advil – just in case anything were to happen like traffic and you couldn’t get your pain pills. This happened to me 10 years ago – awful.
- Water bottle – nice and big water bottle for your car ride home. I was incredibly thirsty and so relieved I had thought of this beforehand
- Tissues – it’s a very emotional day
- Plastic bag for dirty tissues 😉
- Pillow – you can leave this in your car in case the hospital doesn’t give you one of their own. This is to have something soft for your stomach so the seat belt is not sitting directly on your incisions.
- Heavy duty maxi pads. You will be bleeding afterward and the hospital will give you a pad but just in case
What to do afterward:
Begin a stool softener right away when you get home. Your body will be going though a lot of adjustments and add in pain pills to that and you could be dealing with constipation. Don’t add that to the list of things you have to deal with.
Rest when you get home but as soon as you start feeling “with it” a little, try and do some walking around your house. The gas they put into your stomach will cause you pain all the way up into your shoulders and walking and pooping helps to get rid of that. It can be really painful but please remember it will go away. A heating pad on the shoulders will help a lot.
Drink as much water as you can and make sure you are resting.
Excision surgery with an endo specialist is normally a much easier recovering than with a non- specialist but it is still uncomfortable. I personally didn’t take the pain pills because I know it contributes to the gas pain and causes constipation. I just took Advil around the clock but you do not need to do that.
Please contact me with any questions!!