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Unread 09-13-2011, 08:46 AM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

I didn't know the could warm it.

Should I tell them about my painful varicose veins?
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Unread 09-13-2011, 02:25 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

My constant companions after surgery were:
Heating pad
Small pillow to put between knees when laying on my side
Gas X & Stool softener
Something to wear to the doctors that loose around your tummy (I had a sundress, but October will be too cold for that)
Small easy things to eat (yogurt, puddings) so you can take your meds. I had no appetite at all for 3 weeks.

Best wishes for a happy recovery!
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Unread 09-13-2011, 03:35 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

I am getting nervious about upcoming surgery sept. 20th any advice is great
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Unread 09-13-2011, 04:08 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

Yes, let your doctor know you have varicose veins. My last four surgeries I have been given surgical stockings that compress the legs (to prevent thrombosis). If your hospital does not for this, get a pair from any drugstore and use them! I only have one varicose vein but it gets super painful and the stockings are wonderful at helping with the pain.

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Originally Posted by Mariposita View Post
I didn't know the could warm it.

Should I tell them about my painful varicose veins?
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Unread 09-13-2011, 04:21 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

If you are TAH, a flat pillow to protect your stomach. Mine is a uterus shaped pillow.
An abdominal binder (many hospitals have these for C-section patients and they are fabulous for any abdominal surgery.)
Earplugs. The hospital always puts me next to the exit, so I hear those doors open and shut all night long.
Packets of saltines, I get nauseous after anesthesia.
I like the idea of a notebook to mark medication times; sometimes you forget if you've taken them and it's worrisome to think you might be doubling up!
Loose clothing and easy to put on shoes. Slip ons are better as you don't have to bend to buckle or tie.
At home, a small ice chest near your recovery space for drinks and cold compresses, plus a heating pad or separate ice chest to keep warm compresses.
Try to stay calm but don't be a cowboy. No woman goes into this surgery lightly, but fear and anxiety can overwhelm even the strongest of us. If there is pain, ask for help. If the nurse doesn't respond to the call button, push it again. Don't be shy about being a princess while you're in the castle. They are there to do your bidding and help you heal!


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I am getting nervious about upcoming surgery sept. 20th any advice is great
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Unread 09-13-2011, 04:33 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

Oh yes, almost forgot! A fresh battery in your thermometer and moist wipes for your bottom. They make nice soothing ones with aloe in them.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 05:18 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

I would like to share with you one tip that helped hugely in the first few weeks of my recovery. My doctor's resident who assisted with the surgery told me this tip. Before you make a movement such as trying to get out of bed or standing, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, make the movement. She told me that you can't tighten up your stomach muscles while breathing out and the pain is much less than it would be otherwise. I hope that this tip helps.
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Unread 09-13-2011, 06:39 PM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

I'd also recommend Fiber One (or equivalent) bars afterward . . . they are great to help get things moving again, and not considered a medication so you won't have to worry about overdosing or interactions with the other meds you'll be on!!
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Unread 09-14-2011, 06:17 AM
Re: What before surgery tips can you offer?

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Originally Posted by Danni3ll3 View Post
I would like to share with you one tip that helped hugely in the first few weeks of my recovery. My doctor's resident who assisted with the surgery told me this tip. Before you make a movement such as trying to get out of bed or standing, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, make the movement. She told me that you can't tighten up your stomach muscles while breathing out and the pain is much less than it would be otherwise. I hope that this tip helps.
Excellent Advice!

The thing that really has been helping me is my fitness level. I teach all kinds of exercise classes, and prior to the surgery really focused on core work.

I HIGHLY suggest you take yoga and or pilates every day until your surgery.

I did not need any help getting in or out of bed. I did exactly what Dani said.

that is exactly what I did intuitively the first time I had to get out of bed and walk.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be mindful of our health all the time, but really make the effort to be as fit as you can going in. It will really help.

Also... exercise helps with bowel movements. Water fruits veggies fiber etc.

Yes, on the bikini panties. I have a bunch of "period" panties, that fall right below the incision line. I have had no troubles and they don't' come close to touching them.
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Unread 09-14-2011, 06:20 AM
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[quote=Mariposita;3573211]Oh that's true! There will be 5 small incisions. I totally forgot. Is that really better than one 5" incision? I'm beginning to wonder.

think about it this way. The small inscisions will not cut as much muscle as the long incision. It's far less invasive to get the small incisions.

BTW... I did LSH and I only have 3 and you can hardly see them.
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