Houston-area gynecologist helps patients understand preparation for a hysterectomy
If you know that you’ll be having a hysterectomy, you have likely done a lot of research about the benefits and risks, the way the procedure will be performed, and about whether other options are available for your particular medical condition. Now that you’ve reached this point, it’s time to start preparing for the surgery both mentally and physically. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine has been counseling his patients through the hysterectomy process for many years. He knows that patients often have many questions about what to expect in the days and weeks following surgery and how they can prepare themselves and their families.
Dr. Jenkins believes that preparation for surgery can begin a month or more before the surgery. Patients should do as much research as possible. Talk to your surgeon and to friends who have undergone the procedure, ask questions, and raise any concerns you may have. Dr. Jenkins also suggests that patients make sure their overall heath is as strong as possible. This may mean losing weight, ceasing smoking, and adjusting medications. Work with your physician to understand any risks that may occur and the steps you should take in order to assure that you’re physically ready for the surgery. Finally, be sure to talk with your boss and complete any necessary paperwork for the time you expect to be off from work.
In the week before your surgery, Dr. Jenkins suggests drinking plenty of fluids and planning the logistic details. For example, ask for and pick up your post-operative prescriptions so you don’t have to make a trip to the pharmacy on your way home from the hospital. You should also shop or plan for easy to make meals for the weeks following surgery, think about where your bed is located, and decide if you should set up a recovery area somewhere else in order to avoid steps. Finally, make sure that you have someone lined up to drive you home after the procedure.
The day before your surgery, it’s important to try to relax. Eat light and be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions about when to stop eating and drinking. Because you will be under anesthesia, it’s important not to eat or drink after a certain time. This includes the next morning as well.
If you live in the Houston area and need more information about how to prepare for a hysterectomy, call the office of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine today.