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Gather what you need ahead of surgery

With your hysterectomy scheduled, you should have time to think through what you need. Consider the pharmacy and those items that may come in handy for your recovery.

Pick up a small bottle of stool softeners (no laxatives) to help you those first weeks post-op. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and walk a little bit too!

Make sure you have ibuprofen (and/or Tylenol) on hand as you transition from pain meds to over-the-counter pain relief.

Hand sanitizer will come in handy!

And we always suggest ice packs ready and waiting for you in the freezer. (don’t forget to toss them in the freezer!)


Stool Softener Keeps Things Easy

Stool Softener keeps things easy – Hysterectomy Recovery Tip

Anesthesia often slows up our digestive system. The anticipated first BM after surgery is scary. Your bowel movements may be sluggish, dry or non-existent. What’s a gal to do after hysterectomy?

Be prepared! Have stool softeners ready. After surgery, drink plenty of water and take stool softeners as an option to get back on schedule. Although you should rest and let your body heal, walking is important to get your intestines moving again.

Make sure your diet is full of fiber. Drink prune juice and apple juice. Eat foods rich in fiber like bran muffins and whole grains.  You know the drill!