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How To Prepare for Your Hysterectomy Beforehand

When you are about to have a hysterectomy, you may wonder how long it's going to take for you to recover. Actually, this depends on how well you prepare before you are to undergo the procedure. Remember that your hysterectomy procedure will require you to stay in the hospital after the operation, so you'll be away from home and work for some time.

How long will you be in the hospital? This will depend on the type of hysterectomy procedure you undergo and if there were/are any complications.

A light dinner consisting of a salad or other vegetables should be consumed the night before your surgery. The food you eat before your surgery will help with bowel movements after your surgery, because the medications you'll be taken will cause your bowels to slow down.

Now let's discuss how to prepare for your hysterectomy. Start with your bedroom area. Here are some things you should have in your room.

  • First, clean your sheets and make sure you have several bed sheets on hand in case of accidents.
  • Second, keep plenty of tissues nearby.
  • Third, have a nightgown and some slippers.
  • Fourth, have a lot of bath towels ready so that you're not doing a lot of laundry while you heal.
  • Fifth, have a thermometer in case you begin to feel warm to check your temperature.
  • Sixth, place a heating pad in the room in case you might need it.
  • Seventh, have some entertainment in the room including books to read, movies to watch, etc.

Here are four other ways to prepare for your hysterectomy

  • Put your contact lenses away and use glasses instead.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes for several weeks after the operation.
  • Be sure to have a list of important phone number written so that family members and friends will each have a copy.
  • Avoid getting stressed so make sure everything is in order before your surgery.

How To Prepare Your Health Before Your Surgical Procedure

First, get enough sleep
Second, eat well
Third, get fit by exercising. When you've gotten fit, you can speed up you how long it takes you to recover.

How To Prepare Your Refrigerator/Pantry Before Your Surgical Procedure

Consider purchasing the following items to stock your refrigerator and/or pantry with:

  • Crushed ice
  • Healthy Foods such as turkey, fish, chicken, soup, broths, etc
  • Metamucil or some other kind of laxative
  • Organic dairy foods since regular dairy foods can cause constipation
  • Prune juic
  • Raisins
  • Tea bags

How To Prepare For Your Trip Home After Surgery Vehicle

Here are some items the car that is taking your home should have.

  • Another driver such as a friend or family member
  • Coco-Cola to ease nausea feelings
  • Loose clothing to wear home
  • Pillows in case you wish to lie down
  • Plastic bags for nausea

How To Relieve Hormonal Imbalances After Your Hysterectomy

Consider taking herbs that are found in capsule form every day so that your hormone levels will increase. You can also use natural progesterone cream, which helps to balance your hormone levels.

Things That Should Be Done Before Your Hysterectomy At the Hospital

There are six issues you should deal with before you have your hysterectomy.

First, have a family member or trusted friend get your painkillers for you after your procedure.

Second, never bring valuable items with you to the hospital.

Third, store those important numbers on a refrigerator or somewhere handy so that people know whom to call if there are problems.

Fourth, add your doctor's number to the list.

Fifth, remember to remove dentures before your surgery.

Sixth, be sure to get detailed information about the procedure once more before you go to have the surgery.

How To Begin Your Recovery Process At Home

Here are some things you should do during your recovery process.

  • Take all medicines as prescribed so that you are not in pain while you recover.
  • Use heating pads, preferably one on your stomach, and another underneath you, remembering never go to sleep with them on your skin.
  • Limit your movement and bending for a few weeks. Any movement you do take needs to be slow.
  • Do not lift anything during your recovery process
  • Do not climbs stairs or drive your car.
  • Have family members cook meals for the household.
  • Seek out assistance while you recover and sit up slowly when trying to get upright.
  • Do not take any alcohol as you'll be using medications during your recovery.
  • Do not take aspirin
  • Don't eat/drink dairy products
  • Eat healthy foods since your body needs its nutrients.
  • Take a multiple vitamin each day while you recover.
  • Be sure to take care of yourself.
  • Consume at least eight glasses of filtered water

Five Symptoms To Look For After Your Hysterectomy

There are five symptoms you should keep your eyes out and if any appear, contact your physician

  • Bleeding at catheter site
  • Dizziness
  • Return of pain or fever
  • Swelling
  • Temperature of 100.6 or over

Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor Before Your Hysterectomy Decision

  • How many procedures has he/she done?
  • What were the results and complications?
  • What medications will be used?
  • How effective is the treatment?
  • How long will you stay in the hospital?
  • What kind of follow up care will you have?

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