1. Sleeping pill between now and surgery? Having trouble falling asleep.
No. But prescribed a Valium for night prior to surgery, for use only if I'm "climbing the walls."
2. What pre-op tests do I need to have done? When?
The day before surgery. Blood Type & Cross, CBC & Serum Pregnancy.
3. What type of prep do I need to do prior to surgery?
Eat last meal at noon the day before, consume clear liquids thereafter. At 6pm, administer Fleet Enema. Continue with plenty of clear liquids. Nothing after midnight.
4. Should I refrain from bikini-line shaving?
Yes, in order to avoid possible infection. If any shaving needs to be done, doctor will do herself in the OR and it will be minimal.
5. Will a sedative be given prior to anesthesia in pre-op?
6. What type of incision will be used?
Bikini line, approximately 4-5".
7. What organs are you planning to remove?
Uterus with cervix, left fallopian tube, left ovary
8. Do I have the option to keep my cervix?
No, due to hx of dysplasia/LEEP and reported pain during sex.
9. How do you plan to close my incision?
10. Will a pathology report be done on the organs that are removed?
Yes, all organs are sent to path lab.
11. If only removing the left ovary, will I need some form of hormonal therapy?
Shouldn't be necessary.
12. How long will I be in the hospital?
If no complications, in on Tuesday, discharged on Thursday.
13. How will pain be managed in the hospital?
Either by IV push and oral meds for breakthrough pain - or by PCA
14. How long does the catheter normally stay in?
Until the next morning.
15. How long until I can eat solid food?
First solid meal will be the next morning. If I tolerate liquids well the same day as surgery, I may have crackers if I'm hungry.
16. How long will I be on bedrest in the hospital?
I will have to try to sit up at side of bed and move legs same night as surgery. May even have me try to walk, since I have the early surgery slot.
17. Should I pre-purchase an abdominal binder?
No, hospital provides a good one.
18. When will I be able to drive?
Not until at least 2 weeks. Not just for pain reliever purposes, but also to allow enough healing first. Also, 2-3 weeks for regular use of stairs.
19. When will I be able to return to work part-time?
Really doesn't recommend until 4-6 week frame, but possibly at 3 weeks. If I'm really feeling good and I think I'm ready after 2 weeks, I can call to be evaluated for an earlier release.
20. When will I be able to return to work full-time?
Not until after 6 weeks.
21. When will I be able to have sex again?
Not until at least 6 weeks. Wait for doctor clearance.