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Unread 03-02-2002, 02:26 PM

Hi... This question may be silly but do they shave you at all in the hospital? I'm having a TAH but didn't know if there are any extra shaving I need to do? I know it is abdominal but I didn't know if they shave you in your privates.
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Unread 03-02-2002, 02:37 PM
Just A Little Off the Top

was all they took and a bit of a trim. I'd let them do it and not try to do anything yourself. They did it when I was asleep. I was glad of that.
Good luck.

Unread 03-02-2002, 02:40 PM

All hospitals are different. Some shave some don't. I had TAH and I got a half shave. It wasn't even a shave. It was a trim. The nurse brought in a little battery operated shaver and trimmed just the top part to about 1/16". There was no itching when the hair started to regrow again either.

Just a word or warning - DON'T shave yourself at home. If the hospital wants you shaved, they will do it there. The reason they don't want you shaving at home is in case you knick yourself and then it gets infected.

Regards and best wishes for your surgery.

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Unread 03-02-2002, 02:41 PM
Hi rox

Shelley is right they shave you if you need it. I had a little off the top and trim a little. They did mine while I was asleep also. Glad they did it would have been you know kinda weird . If they don't tell you to do it leave it alone . God Bless.
Unread 03-02-2002, 04:18 PM

I asked my doc about shaving myself -- I got shaved for a lap once and had razor burn and itching when it grew back -- and she didn't say there was any problem with it, so I've been, ahem, practicing.

She never said I shouldn't shave, though she did say she'd shave me after I went under general anesthetic.

As for nicking myself & getting infected -- believe me, I've been very, very, very careful.

Unread 03-02-2002, 04:36 PM
I didn't need it at all.

Don't shave yourself. I've heard of one surgery almost being cancelled because someone nicked herself even though she was careful. I was told by one nurse in the dr's office that I would probably get a trim and to not do it myself. The nurse was ready to do it while she was preparing me for a vaginal hysterectomy but to my suprise the dr. didn't want me trimmed or shaved. I'm glad I didn't have to deal with itching with hair growing back as that can be a big concern after surgery. I did trim a little off as it's safer and less of a risk with an electric razor about four weeks before the surgery and after reading the posts decided not to do it anymore. By the time I went in the dr. didn't have to deal with a lot of extra hair that would normally be there if I hadn't given it a trim previously The dr will make that decision if you need it.
Unread 03-02-2002, 04:41 PM

They did trim a couple of inches down from the top after I was asleep. What I wanted to comment on is how it hurt to pull the dressing off! At that moment, I was wishing I had been shaved if you know what I mean. I'm 11 days post-op and it is a bit prickley, but not too bad. I agree to let them do it there. They do it everyday...

God Bless,
Kim :sing:
Unread 03-02-2002, 07:49 PM

Hm. Maybe I'll call my doc on Monday and make sure it's OK for me to shave myself. If not, I'll stop!

Can't hurt to double check. I'm glad this topic came up.

Unread 03-02-2002, 08:47 PM
Buzz Cut

Hi Rox!

They saved me with a battery operated shaver right before they started the IV so I was fully aware of what what going on. I was a little embarrased at first, but when I realized it wasn't a big deal to the nurse, I relaxed. The one thing I hadn't seen mentioned in any postings, and never thought to ask, was that before the shave, I had to give myself a betadine douche. So be prepared, they may give you a bottle of red stuff and ask you to do the same.

Unread 03-02-2002, 09:13 PM

My doctor knows I shave, and didn't say anything about it. she didn't tell me to stop or anything. I go in on Monday for my blood work and stuff so I'll ask the nurses at the dr's office.

I just saw my dr. last week so I'd assume if she didn't want me to shave, she'd have said something.


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