Getting ready for gynecological surgery can be stressful. The professionals at Women's Medical Associates of Nashville are available to answer your questions and make sure you feel comfortable and secure throughout the process. To assist you in preparing for surgery, we have compiled the following preparatory guidelines to help soothe your anxiety and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Arrive at your surgery appointment with an empty stomach. In most circumstances, patients should refrain from drinking and eating after midnight on the day before surgery to decrease the risk of vomiting while under anesthesia. If you are receiving local anesthesia without sedation for a minimally invasive procedure, you may not have any dietary limitations to abide by. However, make sure you consult your surgeon before your operation.
Before your surgery, you should visit with your anesthesiologist to let him or her know about any previous reactions to anesthesia or medication allergies. Since anesthesia can interact with specific medications, your doctor will also need to know about any medical conditions, medications, or dietary supplements that you are currently using.
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol the day before and the day of your operation.
The instructions below were designed to serve as a basic guide to assist you throughout your first days back at home after surgery. In addition to these guidelines, always use good common sense when executing daily activities. If something hurts, stop doing the activity and refrain from working to the degree of fatigue. Some post-surgery tips: