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Unread 04-11-2012, 08:35 AM
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Nope not for me they brought me lasagna the night of my surgery. Hmm that did not look appealing at all. My surgery took 5hrs and I was in recovery for almost 2. So I was out of it at 6 when the brought dinner. But the next day I ate normal, don't be surprised you might not be that hungry for a couple of days. After second day I ate very light, do try to remember to eat fruits and veggies so you dont have bowel problems. I didn't oh what fun that was. AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER....BTW no question is stupid
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Unread 04-11-2012, 12:38 PM
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I also am having surgery (LSH) next week and have started to freak out. We have a new puppy at home so I have decided to stay with my mother for a few days post-op. Who better to take care of me right? I think asking for at least ONE night is totally reasonable! Wishing you luck with your surgery!!!
Unread 04-11-2012, 01:00 PM
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I had a DaVinci 6 months ago. My surgery was 6 hours long (I had cancer). They brought the uterus out through the vagina, tore the vagina and it needed stitched.

My body was extremely swollen. I did get to go home the next day after my surgery, but couldn't get my shoes on or my dress zipped.

My husband stayed home for a week to help me. I was very grateful for the help.

I am now at 6 months and still sorting out insomnia.

I would encourage you to prepare and plan for the worst and hope for the best. I over-prepared (I had 3 months before my surgery). It worked out great. This means to clean your house, laundry, grocery shop, prepare and plan meals, activities for kids, etc.

I set up a cart by my bed with lots of snacks, water, medications, books to read, heat pad, computer, cell phone, etc. I kept easy foods in a refrigerator nearby (Ensure, sodas, juice, apple sauce, pudding, etc.).

I planned easy meals for my husband to help with and made/planned easy lunches for myself.

I'm grateful I had an easy recovery, but I am also grateful that I over-planned. I was able to concentrate on my recovery.

You'll do great with some planning.

Best of luck on your healing journey.
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Unread 04-11-2012, 02:37 PM
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I have gotten the house clean, i borrowed a 12v cooler that im going to keep by the couch, thank you goldlife for ideas of what to munch on.

Huskers68 good luck to you, hmm never depending on when and where you having yours we could be roomies. lol
Unread 04-11-2012, 02:56 PM
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wouldn't that be funny if we were same day/place! I am Tuesday though. I know we will both do great!
Unread 04-11-2012, 03:17 PM
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Post op foods- like previously said, there likely arent restrictions but it may take a while for your appetite to come back. DEFINATELY have fruit on hand & lots of juices & water (keep in mind caffeine can dehydrate, so keep it limited). I too had an EXTREMELY hard time with constipation after one pelvic surgery... I will take every precaution to avoid that again. Grapes seem to work wonders for me. You should go with what your doctor suggests, but I am planning on a stool softener the day b4 surg (& maybe morning of), but DEFINATELY going to "watch" things closer this time. (oh, & not sure if you've seen already seen it on here, but make sure you keep track-on paper- what time & how much medicine you take. Esp when you are alone. Its very easy to lose track of time & take it too soon or wait too long).

Castle day for ea of us will be here before we know it.
Pamper, pamper, pamper!
Unread 04-12-2012, 08:47 AM
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Thank you Ace that will help alot.

Well last night i told my husband that he needs to have something removed to see how he feels and how long it take him to be up moving around, he came back with" my dad had part of his colon removed and was up moving around with in a week from being discharged and his stepmom left town the weekend after she was DC from the hosp after a breast removed." I told him that everyone is different and i ask if i was freaking wonder woman.
Unread 04-12-2012, 10:48 AM
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When I spoke with the doctor's office I was shocked that my surgery was outpatient as well. Then after doing some research I found out that outpatient doesn't necessarily mean you'll be leaving that same day. According to my insurance it's 23 hours from when they put you in your room after surgery. I confirmed this will my doctor's office. My surgery is at 7:30 a.m., so more than likely it will be late morning the next day when I get discharged and it's still considered outpatient. Hope it's the same in your case.
Unread 04-12-2012, 10:51 AM
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My surgery wasn't the same but I had those same questions! I thought outpatient seemed absolutely crazy. However, once I got back to the comforts of home I was glad I did. Nurses poking and probing you all night long is not a way to rest.

I went in at noon and was home (well at my sisters house) by 6pm.

My advice:

Lots of pillows to prop yourself up in the bed so you can get out easily on your own. A recliner is comfortable but you still may need help to get in and out of it... still use pillows behind your back or on your belly etc.

Don't be afraid of the pain meds those first few days but don't over do it because constipation and gas will be uncomfortable after! Colace was my best friend for the first five days. Also taking ibprofen (600 mg gel caps every 8 hrs) instead of the pain meds ASAP helped reduce swelling and (I think) helped me go potty easier.

Yes it hurts like heck the first few times but you need to make sure you move and adjust to move along the gas.

Drink lots and lots of water! Even though it was a short time having the cathater seemed to make me feel like I needed to go pee all the time at first. Plus the swelling puts pressure but still don't stop drinking water! Also, eat light because even if you are hungry feeling full may hurt too. Lots of fruit and grains.

Also, you need to mentally prepare yourself that even though you feel good doesn't mean you can get up and go. I felt great and rode in the car on day 5 post op and ended up sore almost the whole next day.

Go grocery shopping before and make sure you have your easy snacks and drinks handy so you don't have to wait around for someone to run to the store for ya. Find a good book to read because TV may get old sitting around resting that much haha

Good Luck! You will be fine... stay positive!!
Unread 04-12-2012, 10:57 AM
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Ohhh and outpatient is advised because you run the risk of getting more infection when you stay in a hospital with other sick people. You don't want anything else on top of the recovery you have ahead!! Really if your vitals are good going home is better for your health physically and mentally

Also, do the pre-op wash at home. I was given a antibacterial soap from the pre-op nurse, if you didn't get it using antibacterial dial works too. Wash real good in the area you are going to be cut. Literally wash head first with shampoo and then on down to your toes. Use clean wash cloth and clean towel and fresh clean clothes the night before and the morning of surgery. It reduces chance of infection! No lotions, perfumes, etc.

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