Pre-op? Surgery scheduled? Preparing for your surgery? Read on for tips and hints from women who have faced similar surgeries.
Gather what you need ahead
“I made a big envelope folder to keep all my surgery papers. I knew the pre-op instructions and hospital discharge papers would get lost if I didn’t plan a place to keep it all. As bills arrived, I added them to the folder.”
I kept a digital NOTE on my phone to keep track of any questions I had for the doctor and nurses for pre-op. The list even came in handy when I was in the hospital.
“I didn’t have a robe so I found one that tied at the waist – no buttons! Found some house slippers to temporarily replace my flip flops. It was a fun treat to myself!”
“I pre-made some freezer meals and arranged for a friend to take my kids to school those first weeks.”
“Keep a list of your current medicines with you including dosages. Everyone from the doctor, to the pre-op nurse, to the hospital nurses to your discharge personnel will ask you about the list. You may have to stop taking all or some of your medicines before your day of surgery.”
Consider your type of surgery
“The Great Binder Set had everything I needed for my tummy tuck. Even afterwards, the wash bag became my favorite laundry accessory.”
I had to plan for a long recovery period without a shower because of the kind of surgery I was having. So, I packed the No Rinse products for shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I’m glad I ordered them ahead of time!”
I was planning my second c-section and knew that the Post op Panty would be a help. I loved them so much I bought 2 pairs.
Prepare your space
“Don’t forget to change your sheets and tidy up the place you expect to rest after your surgery. It might be your bedroom, it might be your sofa.”
“I had gotten way behind in my bathroom and closet clutter. So, I took a few hours to get my closet in order, managing to send a bag of clothes to my favorite charity re-sale store. It made me feel prepared.”
“A body pillow is a great idea or at least extra pillows for supporting your every lounging position would be helpful to add to your bed.”
“Make sure the bedside table is cleared of all clutter. I added a basket near the side of the bed to keep my necessary things. Otherwise, I’d lose them under the sheets and the side of the bed.”
At the hospital
“Took too much with me to the hospital. I really didn’t need much at all because, the hospital provided most of everything I needed.”
“I brought my tummy pillow with me to the hospital and used it under my seatbelt on my drive home, too.”
“Take notes when someone gives you information or instructions so you do not forget!”
“I happened to have ear plugs with me and they came in handy. I had a room mate that night.”
“Keep track of your medicine schedule. Write down your schedule. I had a hard time keeping track without it written down.”
“Don’t bring jewelry or valuables to the hospital.”
“Be polite and kind to the hospital staff. They really are there to help you!”
“If you are staying in the hospital overnight, bring your toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb (ponytail holder for long hair) and maybe some hand cream. You may be going home after just one night. There is no need to pack a bunch of things.”
“I brought my abdominal binder with me to the hospital. The one they put on me was too tall and felt awkward and uncomfortable. The one from the Hysterectomy Store gave me the support I needed.
“I was in the hospital for 4 nights and needed some extra things. My overnight bag contained my toiletries and a nightshirt. The Weararound shirt was my nightgown. Mine was lavender! P.S. Bring a robe. The hospital gowns are backless. Eeks!”