Pre Op, how to prepare?

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Bcolt
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   Posted 8/4/2013 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My hospital has given me no info on what to do before my surgery so is there anything specific I shoud know/do?

I am having my op on Aug 8th !! HELP :)

Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/4/2013 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck with your op, mine is on the 15th August. I don't think there is anything you can do to prepare except maybe make yourself some pureeed food for when you can start to eat again. Just relax and know that it will all be over soon. Let me know how you go, will be very interested. I know that I have read some great advice from thsi forum about after surgery regarding the gas pain ect. Just make sure you keep moving and follow the after diet to the letter because if you try to eat solids too quickly u will stretch the tissue in the stomach and undo all the good work.
 
Cheers

GC1pink
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   Posted 8/5/2013 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you both all the very best for your operations!
 
I hope that they cure you, and that you get better in no time at all.  turn

Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/5/2013 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
That's lovely thank u so much❤

keith k
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   Posted 8/5/2013 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I don't have much to offer in the way of pre-op advice, except these few things.
1. Stock up on little soft snacks, Jello cups, pudding cups, peanut butter singles (not the candy type).
2. Get an extra pillow to hold at night in the stomach. Helps me. Also great to hug if you have to sneeze. (Boy, does that hurt.)
3. Hide one mint in your hospital gown in case have to get memetry (sp?) post op. They give you this vile liquid that looks like water to swallow. It takes about an hour to get that taste out of your mouth, and you could be sitting in a wheel-chair, waiting for transport back to your room.
4. All of the standard surgery stuff. Do laundry. Clean house. Change furnace filters. Change batteries on all remote controls.

Good luck and post your results.

Keith K.

Bcolt
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   Posted 8/5/2013 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the advice guys!! I am still a little bit nervous but I think I'll survive :P I was wondering was there anything required that I do before surgery, like only have liquids or not eat for 24hours?

keith k
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   Posted 8/5/2013 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh they'll tell you what you need to do. I would say maybe enjoy a deep dish pizza. Actually, they'll probably have you not eat or drink after midnight on the night before surgery. Oh, I forgot a couple of things.

If you drink a ton of water at the last possible time that they give you before surgery, it makes it easier for the nurse to find the vein. It's tough if you're dehydrated and you might get stuck 2 or 3 times before they find the road. Also,

I had major, MAJOR headaches from not having caffeine. You might want to try and get off of that stuff. I'm finally clean (?!?), and I'm using this experience to stay off of it. I used to drink a 6 pack of diet coke minimum each day.

Hope it helps,
Keith K.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 8/5/2013 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Bcolt. This is from other sites on this forum:
Make sure (insist on it) that the medications ( for pain and nausea) are in the liquid form before you go home. If needed,--then you don't have to figure out how to crush it and if it is ok to crush. And please take them when needed. Very small amounts of food several times a day, chewed to a liquid. Don't be in a hurry to eat steak, pizza etc. take time and let your body guide you and ask lots of questions of the doctor and follow his guidance. You will come through just fine. Make a list ahead to remind you and to hand to the nurse/doc in the hospital. Your home will take care of itself--rest up, walk as needed. The forum friends have given you advice for some foods to have on hand--I'd tend to say stick to simple like real mashed potatoes etc. (cook one in m-wave and mash really well with fork and milk). YOU will come through fine and tell us all about it and guide others. We non-doctors wish you well and will be anxious to hear from you. 🌺

Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/5/2013 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Big Hugs BCOLT, u will be fine x
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