Yes, all jewellery must come off...and acrylic nails, too, if you have them.
Your stoma won't hurt, like they said, but you will feel sore and your staples will be a little uncomfortable. You will probably have a JP drain in your abdomen...I don't want to scare you...but if you haven't had one before, they're no big deal. They drain the fluid that might be in your abdomen to prevent infection. For me, they are PAINLESS when they come out, but just in case take a pain med before, if you think you'll need it.
Well you'll want to meet the OR staff since you'll want to know that they've got the right patient!!!
I don't know how other hospitals are, but at mine, I am "staged" outside the OR, meet with the anesthesiologist, then get moved into the OR. I must be weird, because I like meeting the staff that is in the room, and usually get myself on to the table:) So, yes, they can give you something stronger right before you go in...just ask your doc to put it in your orders so its not an issue!
It is usually really cold by the OR's so when you get admitted ask for a warmed blanket...even get two!!
PLEASE - get an excellent ostomy nurse who you can call day or night!!! Do these people forget what it's like when you get home and things aren't fine tuned yet. We didn't have a good one available to us so I would make sure you do!!!
I do however HIGHLY recommend the surgery - what a new life you will have. I pray for clear sailing for you.
I'm glad you're happy with your surgeon and ostomy nurse. The first time I saw a stoma was on a video the night before my surgery, and I thought it was gross, too. The truth is, it's always covered up with a pouch, so you only see it for a minute or two when it's wafer changing time, which for me is only once a week.
I ditto Exactly what Cece just said. And if it isn't red, then you DO have a problem. In this case, the red stoma means that it is really healthy. Isn't your tongue red too?
Anyway, everyone here is giving you really great advice. A long time ago, someone asked these very same questions and someone mentioned taking some type of voice recorder so that you can record the visits when your surgeon/dr stops by way too early in the morning on their rounds. I really wish I would have done that during my surgeries. I never could remember what they said, or if I remembered to ask the right questions, then I never remembered their answer. Of course, a lot of that is the pain meds I'm sure, but having a voice recorder (something small) might be nice. Just a thought....