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Shaving For Surgery? Shaving For Surgery?

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Unread 08-14-2005, 08:31 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

Does the patient still have to get shaved "down there" for a SAH these days? I know it was common in the old days. Hope it's no longer done. Let me know (as I sit here worring about the minutae!). Thanks!
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Unread 08-14-2005, 08:49 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

I had a TAH, and there was a little shaving done, but I recommend that you DO not do it yourself. They will do it in the operating room if they do it. You dont want to cut or nick yourself, and cause a chance for an infection, if you do that, you take a chance of the surgery being cancelled.
Good luck
Unread 08-14-2005, 10:31 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

I had a TVH and I was shaved completely, I was asked not to do it myself before coming into hospital as if I were to nic myself it could cause infection, they were to use surgical clippers. Anyway, on the day I was given the clippers and allowed to do it myself with them.

Good Luck
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Unread 08-14-2005, 11:40 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

Why do it yourself and risk infection? Or why do it if it won't be necessary? I thought I would be completely shaved for my LAVH. Only about an "inch off the top" was shaved. Boy, was I glad! It sure itches like crazy when it grows back.

Good luck to you!

Unread 08-14-2005, 11:51 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

Lot of women feel cleaner and no smells. I use too all the time but let it grow out for surgery. I wouldn't feel right having someone strange looking at me. I was told I didn't have to shave so I just did a little trim.
Unread 08-18-2005, 09:51 AM
Shaving For Surgery?

I was a little shocked - my dr yesterday told me I needed to shave everything. She said they ask the patient to do it at home b/c the nurses' aids do it at the hospital and the patients feel a little uncomfortable. So I am going to do it before hand. YIKES! I did not realize that for a TVH I needed to do that...

TVH 8/23/05 for endo, adeno, heavy bleeding w/ clots
Unread 08-18-2005, 10:04 AM
Shaving For Surgery?

I wasn't shaved for TVH, but when I had my bladder surgery I was shave a little (done after I was asleep). I remember being shaved by the nurse in the preop 10 years ago for abdominal surgery. That was a little uncomfortable. I'm glad that they don't do that anymore.
Unread 08-18-2005, 10:08 AM
Shaving For Surgery?

Have you considered having a waxing to avoid knicks?
Unread 08-18-2005, 02:41 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

Lynda - I've never waxed anything but my eyebrows and they stay swollen for a while after I do. I've also heard of irritation w/ waxing so I've clipped off everything w/ dh's hair clippers. Is that a close enough shave?? Or should I use my electric razor (I get very bad razor rash on my legs and underarms so I use an electric razor)

TVH 8/23/05
Unread 08-18-2005, 03:01 PM
Shaving For Surgery?

I guess the ultimate decision is going to be up to the person who does the prep work.

Some doctors shave and others don't.

I'm usually red for a couple of hours and then everythings back to normal.

Even with a waxing, I bet if the doctor said shave, the prep person would have to shave.

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