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Staying Well before Hysterectomy

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Staying well before hysterectomyHow can I stay well in the days leading up to my hysterectomy?

After all the preparations you have made, getting sick before your hysterectomy would definitely put a kink in the works! But remember, stressing over it won't help. Stay calm, and follow these few bits of advice, and you should be fine.

To try to keep the germs down, be very diligent about hand washing in the days leading to surgery. The Mayo Clinic recommends washing vigorously with soap for 20 seconds or, as recommended by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song through twice. You’ll also need to be careful about what your hands touch. Money, door handles, faucets, shopping carts, stair banisters, etc. have all been touched by the hands of a lot of different people. After coming in contact with any of these, be sure to wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Besides keeping your hands clean, you should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since that is how many germs are spread. Getting plenty of rest, exercising, eating well, and drinking adequate fluids can also help your body be more able to fight any germ with which you come in contact.

If you can, avoid close contact with those who you know are sick. You may also want to avoid large crowds in the days leading up to surgery. Contact with those who are sick could increase your chance of catching their illness. You can also ask your doctor about the benefits of getting a flu shot.

If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a cessation program. Smoking not only compromises your health, which can allow you to get sick more easily, but it also creates risks for anesthesia and recovery.

If you think you are getting sick, call your surgeon’s office right away. Your doctor can help assess and treat any illness to try to have you well for surgery. Don’t self-medicate. Herbs, medications, vitamins, and supplements can interfere with surgery, creating a dangerous situation. Your doctor can advise you as to what you should and should not take that might help you stay healthy and safe.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-16-2013 - 03:02 PM


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