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Unread 01-05-2002, 08:30 PM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"

I am panicing. My TOH will be first thing 1-7-02. I was told nothing to eat the day before but "clear liquids". Other than broth or 7-up, what is considered a clear liquid?
Also, I have heard varying stories about pain. Do most people have a lot of pain right after the surgery, or does it vary from person to person?
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Unread 01-05-2002, 08:42 PM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"

Homemade chicken broth, vegetable broth, ginger ale, tea, jello (not red), ices, water, some popsicles...

Ask if they have a list...some hospitals do. This may sound bad, but it will help you avoid discomfort post-op from gas and having to move your bowels...MUCH easier when you're sort of empty!

Pain management is a very important feature of hospital care these days. Of course, pain is perceived differently by each person, but you will be asked to rate your pain when you wake up, and the staff will work with you to keep everything under control for you. After my initial discomfort (about a 6 on 1-10 scale), my pain never went above a 2 or so. You must be your own advocate...take your meds on schedule to help you stay ahead of the pain, and if you hurt, tell anyone and everyone until you don't hurt anymore.

You'll do great....keep reading and posting and we'll be here for you every step of the way!!!!! The wait is almost over.

Unread 01-05-2002, 08:42 PM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"


I was told nothing but clear liquids after noon the day prior to my hyst. I had ginger ale, 7up and water. Also had chicken broth for dinner. I was also told nothing past midnight the night before. And while I DO NOT advocate this I must admit that I was SOOOOO nervous the night before that I did consider a glass of white wine a "clear" liquid

As for pain mine was not nearly as bad as the monthly cramps I was having. For the first two weeks post op I think alot of anesthesia was still in my system because I felt wonderful considering. At about 3-4 weeks I began to feel the "wall" you hear about. But the pain was NEVER anything like what you would expect after having this sort of major surgery.

Please don't worry-it will be fine-really! It is so hard pre-op thinking of all that can happen but you will be just fine.

Good luck in your surgery and recovery.

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Unread 01-06-2002, 06:54 AM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"

Hello LF!

Checking with your clinic or hospital is a good idea. It seems that all doctors have different ways of approaching surgeries. The only restriction that I had, was nothing after midnight the night before. I suspect that a lot of restrictions and preparations (bowel prep)is linked to the type of procedures we have. Good luck to you!
Unread 01-06-2002, 09:01 AM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"

Gatorade and Kool Aid are also considered "clear liquids."

Good Luck to you!
Unread 01-06-2002, 12:04 PM
Pre-surgery Definition Of "clear Liquids"

I think the pain and tolerance for it varies from person to person.

I took nothing but a couple of advil at night from the day after surgery on, and was comfortable.

Just remember that the pain meds are there if you need them... no one gets a medal for suffering!

It was trying to pass the gas that drove me crazy!!!

Take care
Unread 01-06-2002, 12:21 PM
pass that gas

The pain is worst at first. If you are having pain and can't wait
for it to be time for your next dose of pain med. You can usually get break through pain med. This happens most when you switch from IV to oral meds. Do yourself a favor and drink those liquids today and post op pour them down. get that gas moving. You might try holding something stable and do some knee bends.
don't over do but keep moving.. Keep the faith find some humor in the situation it will be just a momory soon.

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