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Day surgery for LAVH? Day surgery for LAVH?

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Unread 12-08-2011, 03:34 PM
Day surgery for LAVH?

The literature my dr sent me home with three weeks ago said to expect to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days after LAVH.

On Monday, his surgical administrator said I was in an "observational" slot and could expect to stay up to 23 hours.

Today, in my pre-op phone call with the hospital, they said I'd be home the same day as the surgery!

What do you ladies think? Should I ask to spend the night, or just go home if I'm feeling pretty good?
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Unread 12-08-2011, 03:39 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

Oh I would spend the night and then go home the next day. I had the same sugery, they need to monitor you and get your pain under control.
This way you won't have complications, it's a major surgery!!!
Unread 12-08-2011, 06:33 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

I was the opposite. Out of surgery at 11 and home by 4. They did want to make sure I was able to go to the bathroom myself after removing cath which I was. They also made me get up and do a few slow laps around hospital floor before I was discharged. If there were any problem I would have had to stay. They did send me home with 2 days worth of pain pill. However everyone is different and even if they plan to discharge you within 23 hours...of there is a reason to keep u they will. Good luck
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Unread 12-08-2011, 07:44 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

The way the hospital talked pre-op I thought I was going home the same day, but when I asked the dr. He said he likes to keep his patients overnight since it is a major surgery. I would check with your dr. Good luck and happy healing.
Unread 12-09-2011, 05:47 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm a little worried that if I feel I'd like to stay the night, I'll have trouble, because I'm going into an ambulatory care section of the hospital. What if I'm not "ambulatory"--do they move me, or just keep me there. (I was in there for DH's colonoscopy--it looks pretty vacant at 4pm.)
Unread 12-09-2011, 05:52 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

I'm thinking that "observation" and "same day" are the same. That is how it is at my hospital. I work at the same hospital that I'm having my surgery at. They admit you for "23 hour observation". You end up staying a night, but you aren't an official "inpatient" admission. Does that make sense? You're there long enough to be watched for complications and have your pain controlled, but you aren't in for a long stay.
Unread 12-09-2011, 05:57 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH? you get to stay in a regular room...or somplace else...i too get to have 23hr im curious
Unread 12-09-2011, 05:57 PM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

Thanks! I was worried when the pre-op nurse said "oh, you'll be home in time for supper". Not that home will be tough, my DH will do a great job of making me comfortable, I'm sure. It just seems that if they're removing parts, they'd keep you overnight.
Unread 12-10-2011, 10:53 AM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

I had the "23 hour" admit as well. Honestly though I am thankful my doc insists on overnights for his patients. They packed me with a "vaginal pack" overnight and I had a nurse practically to myself while in the hospital. Instead of going back to day surgery unit after recovery room I went straight up to hospital room where I finally became aware. I have zero memory of the recovery room.
Unread 12-10-2011, 11:31 AM
Re: Day surgery for LAVH?

Molly....what is a 'vaginal pack"???

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