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Unread 06-29-2011, 07:58 PM
time for prep vs. actual surgery time

I have to be in the hospital at 6:30. They will check me in, take me to ambulatory surgery...get the iv going, etc. I'm wondering how long all of this might take and when I will actually go into surgery. I'm hoping there isn't a lot of waiting around time (time to get nervous!)

Also, since I am so hungry after this bowel prep...can anyone give me an idea of how long afterwards I will need to wait to eat something?

I'm so glad you sisters are here!!
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Unread 06-29-2011, 08:29 PM
Re: time for prep vs. actual surgery time

I can only tell you from my experience with my TAH BSO (3 day hospital stay). I checked in at 10 AM, and my surgery was scheduled at 12 PM. But, they took me early at 11 AM as all was ready. I got back into my hospital room at about 3 PM and then was eating some broth at about 5:30 PM.

Your experience will largely depend on how you do in surgery and recovery. But at least you have some concept of what another sister experienced. Good luck. Healing thoughts and hugs....
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Unread 06-29-2011, 09:06 PM
Re: time for prep vs. actual surgery time

I had to be at the hospital at 8 am; check-in took about 10 minutes; they took me back and I waited for about 20 minutes for a nurse to start the iv; my actual scheduled surgery time was 10:12 - I know - odd timing! Anyway, they took me back to the surgical room around 9:50'ish; gave me a shot of adavan (?) in the iv for nerves, I moved from one bed to the surgical one, and that's all I remember until recovery! LOL My surgery took longer than told (estimated was 1.5 hours / actual was 2.5 hours) - was supposed to be in recovery for an hour; ended up with hemoraging so I was there for 3 hours. Hubby was a mess waiting! So I guess pray for the best and be prepared for the unexpected!
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Unread 06-29-2011, 09:17 PM
Re: time for prep vs. actual surgery time

Thank you ladies....that helps me know more of what to expect!
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Unread 06-30-2011, 12:09 AM
Re: time for prep vs. actual surgery time

I asked about this at my preop yesterday, because I am going to have DH, mom, dad in waiting room.
I was told to report at 530, at around 7am they will take me to OR holding (family will be allowed there with me too) and that is where I will get IV, compression boots, talk to surgeon and anesth. Then at 730 i will roll into OR for surgery.
I can expect to be in surgery for about 179 minutes and recovery an hour or so.
Dr has in my paperwork that I can resume normal diet as soon after recovery as I feel up to it
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Unread 06-30-2011, 12:21 AM
Re: time for prep vs. actual surgery time

I think I was in pre-op maybe an hour? I honestly am not sure because after they put my IV in, I was out. I don't remember being wheeled to the OR, I don't remember being put under, I don't remember much of the recovery room or how I got to my regular room...Actually, I don't remember much of Tuesday at all..LOL

Anyway, unless something happens (like your doc having to do an emergency c-section or something) you shouldn't be waiting too long. Good luck!
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