Getting Ready For Gynecologic Surgery

Getting ready for surgery is a process that has some basic principals. Each procedure has it’s own special considerations, and individual gynos will have their own instructions for you as well. Patients with medical problems have the most important steps for preparation. Many times getting ready means getting appropriate preoperative testing so that your chance of healthy recovery is maximized. Heart and lung diseases are the most common source of complications after surgery. It is important to let your gyno know about any medicines or therapies that you take. That would include vitamins and herbs that you take. Some anesthesia physicians require that you are off these sorts of medications for a couple of weeks. Since the pelvic organs are so close to the bowel and the bladder it’s important to let your gyno also know of any problems, changes, or concerns you have with those functions. There are times that we have thought that patients have bladder problems, and actually they have cysts of the ovaries, or ovarian problems and they have an abscess that involves the colon. Remember that it is very common for your physician to order antibiotics so if you already have the start of a yeast infection you may want to have a plan to get that treated. Be sure you have your paper work to bring with you the day of your surgery, and if you are given a pain medication have it filled before your surgery so that you are prepared for adequate pain control after your surgery. Psychological preparation is as important as physical preparation. Fear of loss of control, fear of enclosed spaces, fear of needles are all symptoms that are common and can be alleviated if you talk to your gyno and plan ahead.

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