2 weeks after hysterectomy

What Happens During Surgery?

Depending on the medical condition you’re treated for, you may just have one ovary removed, both ovaries removed, or both ovaries removed as well as your fallopian tubes. Sometimes, surgery to remove the ovaries is also performed during hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the uterus.

Usually, surgery to remove ovaries requires general anesthesia, so you will not be awake.

But, in some cases, local anesthesia may be used. That means only the area being worked on is numbed.

There are a few ways the surgery can be performed, and the method your doctor chooses depends on your particular situation.

An “open” procedure is the traditional way to perform the surgery.

Using this method, your doctor will make one large incision, or cut, in your belly. This will allow him to see your ovaries, to separate each one from other tissues and the arteries that supply blood, and then remove them.

Another method is called laparoscopic surgery.

Your surgeon will insert a small camera, which is called a laparoscope, through a tiny cut in your belly button. She will then be able to see your ovaries, since this camera sends images to a monitor, just like a TV or computer screen. The doctor will also make several other small cuts, as necessary, in your belly, with special surgical tools.

The ovaries are then removed through a small incision in your belly or vagina.

Your doctor may even be assisted by a robotic device during a laparoscopic procedure.

In robotic-assisted ovary removal, your doctor makes several small incisions to put the robot’s camera and specialized instruments in place so the ovaries and other organs can be seen. Your doctor, who is always in control of the robotic device, will then use the robot’s specialized instrument arms to remove the ovaries.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy PDF

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the uterus. A small incision is made in the belly button and a tiny camera is inserted. The surgeon watches the image from this camera on a TV screen and performs the operative procedure. Two or three other tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen. Specialized instruments are inserted and used for the removal process.

Some women do not have their ovaries removed when they undergo a hysterectomy. If the ovaries stay inside, the woman does not need to take any hormones after the surgery and she does not have hot flashes. Some women remove their ovaries because of family history of ovarian cancer or they have an abnormal growth on their ovary.

Women can choose to either keep the cervix in place (called a “laparoscopic supra-cervical hysterectomy”) or remove the entire uterus and cervix (“ total laparoscopic hysterectomy”).

Keeping the cervix in place makes the operation a little faster and safer. When the cervix is in place there is a 5% chance that the woman will have monthly spotting at the time of her menstrual periods. Women whose cervices stay in place need to continue getting pap smears.

If the woman wants to be 100% certain that she will never menstruate again, she needs to have the entire uterus removed. If the patient has a history of pre-cancerous changes of the cervix or uterine lining, she should have the entire uterus removed. If the operation is being done for endometriosis or pelvic pain, many doctors think the chances for pain reduction are better if the cervix is removed.

What are the advantages of a laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, compared to a traditional abdominal hysterectomy which is done through a 3-6 inch incision. As a result, there is less blood loss, less scarring and less post-operative pain. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is usually done as an outpatient procedure whereas an abdominal hysterectomy usually requires a 2-3 day hospital stay. The recovery period for this laparoscopic procedure is 1-2 weeks, compared to 4-6 weeks after an abdominal hysterectomy.

The risks of blood loss and infection are lower with laparoscopic hysterectomy than with an abdominal hysterectomy. In experienced hands, laparoscopic hysterectomy takes about the same length of time as an abdominal hysterectomy and involves no greater risk.

Who should have laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery?

Most patients who are having a hysterectomy to treat abnormal uterine bleeding or fibroids can have a laparoscopic hysterectomy. It may not be possible in some cases. For example, if the uterus is bigger than a 4 month pregnancy, if she’s had multiple previous operations in her lower abdomen. It is usually not done for women with a gynecologic cancer.

What preparations will be needed prior to surgery?

The surgeon may have the patient see their primary care doctor prior to surgery to make sure there are no medical conditions that may cause a problem with the surgery. There will be a pre-operative appointment prior to the day of surgery which will include a history and physical examination, blood samples, and a visit w a member of the anesthesia department. Patients should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before surgery.

What type of anesthesia will be required?

Patients are put to sleep under general anesthesia

Is there a hospital stay after surgery?

The majority of our patients go home the same day as their surgery.

What kind of recovery can be expected?

Patients should expect to take ibuprofen or narcotic pain pills for a few days post-operatively. We encourage patients NOT to stay in bed. They should move around the house and resume normal activities as soon as they feel up to it. Some women are well enough to return to work one week after surgery. Women who have more physically demanding work should stay home for 2-3 weeks. Women can resume exercise and sex within a few weeks of the surgery.

Laparoscopic patients can expect to suffer less post-operative pain than traditional hysterectomy or cesarean section patients.

What to expect after a vaginal hysterectomy

Each woman’s recovery after a vaginal hysterectomy is different. The following timescales are a guide to what a person may expect after this surgery.

Immediately after surgery

It is normal to feel drowsy and tired for several hours after surgery while the effects of anesthesia wear off. Nurses and other medical staff may be monitoring blood pressure, pain, and how the body is recovering, plus other factors.

Some women will be discharged from the hospital on the same day as their surgery, while others may need to stay for a day or longer. This depends on the success of their surgery and if any complications occur.

Right after the procedure, a woman may have:

  • Stitches inside the vagina that dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed.
  • Gauze, similar to a tampon, placed inside the vagina to help reduce bleeding from the surgery. This should be removed before going home.
  • A small tube that is sometimes inserted into the vagina to help drain blood and fluid. This is also removed by a nurse before the individual is discharged.
  • A urinary catheter inserted until she can walk around and has the feeling back to urinate. The catheter will be removed, and the doctor or nurse will make sure the woman can empty her bladder before she is discharged.

In the first few weeks

In the first few weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy, it is normal to have:

  • bleeding similar to a light period that comes and goes but decreases over time
  • some mild pain and discomfort in the lower belly
  • bloating or constipation because the bowel has temporarily slowed down

Going home

Some women can go home on the day of their surgery or within 24 hours. Others may be in the hospital a day or two longer, depending on any complications or medical concerns that may arise.

Although a vaginal hysterectomy is less invasive than other kinds, it still takes some time to recover from and get back to normal activities. After a person leaves the hospital, it is essential that they limit activities for a few weeks and follow the surgeon’s home care instructions.

Returning to work

Some women can go back to work after 2 to 3 weeks with their doctor’s permission. Others may have to wait up to 6 weeks, depending on their job and how quickly they are recovering.

Driving

A woman may be able to drive after 2 to 3 weeks, or once they are:

  • not taking any painkillers or other medication that can cause sleepiness
  • able to comfortably sit in the car, wear a seatbelt, and use the controls without pain
  • able to suddenly stop if needed by quickly moving their foot onto the brake pedal
  • able to turn and twist their body to see in all directions

If a woman is getting some exercise each day, she may be able to get back to her workout routine after 4 to 6 weeks. She should talk with a doctor before resuming strenuous exercise, including HIIT (high-intensity interval training), weight-lifting or contact sports.

Exercise

Most surgeons advise women to get plenty of rest during the first few weeks after a hysterectomy, though it is important to get up and move around too.

Light exercise, such as walking, helps get the bowels moving and may help reduce the risk of a blood clot. Starting with a short walk and making it longer each day helps build up endurance safely and can help increase energy levels.

Things to avoid

There are several things to avoid for a smooth recovery:

  • Avoid putting anything in the vagina for at least 4 to 6 weeks. This means no tampons, douching, or sexual intercourse during this time.
  • Heavy lifting should be restricted during the first 6 weeks. Avoid picking up children or moving furniture.
  • Avoid doing strenuous tasks, for example, mowing the lawn, for the first 6 weeks.
  • Avoid swimming until a doctor has confirmed that the vaginal stitches have healed completely.

Tips for a healthy recovery

Share on PinterestGetting plenty of rest is recommended for a healthy recovery.

If a womn follows the recommendations below, her body will heal quickly and successfully after a vaginal hysterectomy:

  • Get lots of rest. Aim for at least 8 hours sleep a night and more if fatigue is an issue.
  • Keep up with a nutritious diet. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Healthful foods contain nutrients that help the body heal and increase energy levels.
  • Eat high-fiber foods. Constipation is common after surgery and can be made worse by certain pain medicines. If bowel movements are painful or difficult, even with a high-fiber diet, consider a stool softener or gentle laxative, and increase water intake.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking harms the body’s healing processes and makes it more difficult to recover from surgery. Stopping smoking before the surgery reduces the risk of lung problems from anesthesia. Ask a doctor about smoking cessation plans or nicotine replacements before surgery if needed.
  • Attend follow-up appointments. The doctor will recommend regular follow-up visits, which give a person the opportunity to discuss the healing process and ask any questions.

Are there any “MUST HAVES” that I should purchase for my upcoming surgery?

Here are some suggestions from our customers:

“I loved having an ice pack. At first I used a sack of frozen peas and then I ordered the cold/heat packs from the store. LOVED them. I used them multiple ways for my surgery recovery and then I keep them in the freezer for any aches and pains on me or the family. I’ve also been known to put the ice pack inside my shirt if I’m having a hot flash. Desperation!”

“I found I most “needed” two things: my body pillow and a big plastic cup with a lid and a straw. The pillow I purchased a couple weeks before surgery at Walmart, and the hospital gave me the cup.”

“The Post-op Panty was my favorite thing. They got me back on my feet and out the door with support so I could go back to work after the first 2 weeks after laparoscopic hysterectomy.”

“My favorite thing was having a few pair of Granny Panties. The mesh ones from the hospital were nice enough but after the first week or so, I wanted my own underwear.”

“Love the abdominal binder!”

“Support underwear was a requirement. I wanted to get back to work as soon as possible. I found the store’s support panties were a great help to me. When I wore them, my “swelly belly” felt supported as I walked around. If you get some, consider sizing up slightly to accommodate your swollen belly. You want the panties snug but not so tight they hurt.”

“My husband put a bell next to my bed for me to call for help! It made me giggle since I could text him on my phone, too!”

“For lounging around the house, I loved my loose fitting night gowns or long t-shirts.”

“Don’t forget your gassy tummy. I found Gas X, lots of water and walking helped me the most.”

“I put a basket near me in bed and moved it next to the sofa as I moved from one spot to the other. In my recovery basket I kept: tissue, lip balm, my hospital papers, phone, pad of paper, pen, a place to write down when I had last taken my pain meds and a few water bottles.”

“The Perfect Pocket Binder at the Hysterectomy Store was indeed – perfect! It came with an ice pack that can be frozen or heated. It felt awesome against my sore tummy!”

“Don’t forget a Tummy pillow! When you cough or sneeze, hold it against your tummy anytime you need extra support or protection. In fact, I kept my tummy pillow with me and it protected me from my fur babies who liked to share the couch with me. The one from the store had a pocket for my cold pack. It was extra relief for my tender belly.”

“The store packaged the binders together to make it easy. They call it the Great Binder Set. It came with the binder, the pocket binder, cold/hot packs and a laundry wash bag. I loved the convenience and used each of the binders while my tummy was so swollen and sore.”

One look at the list below for your hysterectomy hospital bag and you’d be forgiven for thinking we are suggesting packing for year long round the world trip! Before you go faint at the length of this list, please remember it is intended to act as a prompt. You do not need everything listed; it is compiled from recommendations from the members of our HysterectomyUK Facebook page and you will know what is important to you. The explanations should help you decide. Please bear in mind you (or someone you can persuade to do it for you) do have to carry your bag in and get through the door!

In terms of quantities, many women go home from their hospital stay within 4 nights and most by 2, but some stay in for up to a fortnight. Some women are encouraged to get dressed from the day after the operation once the catheter is out. It sounds like an effort but it is a good routine both to get you mobile and also to make you feel a bit more human.

If you group things into several clear zip-lock bags to make up ‘grab bags’ you can lean over and get stuff e.g. a little bag with all the creams and stuff, another bag with your phone, headphones, charger etc. You could also have a bag with long handles that would be easy to pick up from the floor.

Clothes:

  • 2 or 3 nighties, button up the front is helpful or ones that are easy to pull over your head. Many say don’t take pyjamas because of the catheter.
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers and trainers/non slip shoes for wearing during the day, preferably slip on and not ones that need lacing up. Crocs/flip flops for the shower if you don’t like the idea of sharing showers.
  • Bed socks: a nice touch if you feel the cold
  • Clothes: comfy ones like track suit bottoms and vest tops/ loose dresses especially to go home in. Remember to leave room for your tender post operative abdomen.
  • Bra
  • Bridget Jones knickers / abdomen support knickers (available from this site)
  • ‘Disposable’ hospital knickers are brilliant as they stretch as far as the moon, and you can just throw them out afterwards.

Toiletries

  • Waterless body wash so you can freshen up in your bed, or wet wipes.
  • Dry shampoo/waterless shampoo and normal shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Moisturiser (body and hands) and deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, mouthwash, denture pot and sterilisers
  • Sanitary towels: Most women don’t actually bleed a lot and you may only need one or two pads (which most hospitals provide). Avoid ones with the ‘plasticky’ cover and use the older fashioned soft cover ones.
  • Eye mask and ear plugs: recommended for a good night’s sleep – everyone says they are essential for wards can be noisy at night
  • Towel – one large, one small. A large travel towel is lighter to manage but only if you already have one
  • Tissues – particularly as it can be an emotional, hormonal, tearful time
  • Hair brush and hairbands
  • Skin tonic spray (fabulous for refreshing your face) and/or perfume to prevent from you from constantly having to smell the hospital smell
  • Arnica, Bach’s Rescue Remedy, Lavender Essential Oil if you use them. If you have no idea what they are for, then don’t pack them!
  • Lip balm – the air is very dry in hospital – this is an essential
  • Medication if you are on it (especially migraine medication, don’t assume the hospital has what you need)
  • Razor – if you admitted immediately after your pre-op assessment you might need to shave; it depends on the consultant so you won’t necessarily have to do it.
  • Mirror
  • Make up and jewellery – the vast majority of our members say leave it at home as you don’t feel up to wearing it but some say it helped make them feel better

Entertainment

Often your concentration span can be poor and you may sleep a lot but it is good to have some options. Most people do a little of lots of different things.

  • Reading glasses!
  • iPhone/charger/ear phones
  • Kindle or laptop and their chargers. Most hospitals have wifi but you might want to take a dongle if they don’t.
  • iPad loaded up with films and audio books or DVD player and take some films.
  • Book/magazine/puzzle books: take a few things. Make sure the books aren’t heavy or they will be hard to hold.
  • Notepad and pen – to make notes of questions to ask doctors, make paper airplanes, start your novel etc….
  • Don’t forget 101 Handy Hints for a Happy Hysterectomy too.

Food and drink

  • Small water bottles or Waterbobble (it’s a water bottle with a filter that you can fill from the tap): Keep the bottle small so that you can easily lift it post op.
  • Flexible straws or any device that helps you drink whilst lying down
  • Squash if you want to flavour the water
  • Peppermint tea bags/ peppermint and lemon cordial/peppermint oil capsules/ Windeze/ginger biscuits (to ease digestion, bloating and wind).
  • Polos/mints/chewing gum/sweets for post op dry mouth
  • A few snacks and instant soups (the hospital kitchen is not room service and sometimes you might miss a meal depending on the timing of your op)
  • Prunes and fruit to help get you going
  • Your favourite tea bags or coffee

Other

  • Pillow: the beds are usually comfy enough but a pillow is good for car trip home
  • Loose change for the hospital trolley of goodies and TV service
  • Spare plastic bag to take home dirty laundry
  • Photo of your family
  • Hand held fan or small battery operated table top fan
  • Back scratcher to reach that itch down the hospital stockings
  • Home comforts if you need them like a fleecy blanket or your own mug

Finally, our forums have a fab section for General Hysterectomy Questions and in there is a thread called TOP TIPS From Ladies On The ‘Done Couch’. It contains a number of other tips and suggestions that would go into the ideal hysterectomy hospital bag. It is worth reading and our forum users will be adding to it regularly.

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I am nine days out from having a partial hysterectomy. They left my ovaries, but they took my cervix, uterus, and Fallopian tubes. These past nine days it has felt like they took out all of my internal organs, played soccer with them, put them back in, and filled me with a bunch of air and sealed it tight inside me with some glue.

I’ve spent too much time with all the focus on my lady bits — insane periods, crime scene bathrooms, cramps, and backaches that left me immobile. My periods were always long, seven days, but they’d grown to two weeks, sometimes more. I was on birth control, but I would start menstruating in the middle of a pack of pills. I was tired, worn-out. I was sick of taking pills, sick of surprise periods, sick of the pain, and I needed it to stop.

My OB-GYN suggested I consider a hysterectomy, unless I wanted more children. Once I recovered from the fit of laughter (two boys of my own and a stepson is plenty for me, thanks), I agreed it was time.

I had done research on the laparoscopic hysterectomy, and everything I read was encouraging — less downtime, pain, and scarring. I bought a book on how to prepare for surgery and promote my healing. I read online forums with comments from women who’d had the procedure. Mainly, they gushed about living in “period-free blissland.”

Period free? Sign me up!

I made sure leading up to surgery that I ate healthy, exercised, got rest. I meditated, repeating positive affirmations in my head: “I will have a safe and successful surgery, and I will heal easily.” I drank bone broth (because health), green smoothies, took probiotics, and drank kombucha (because insane). I tried to be the epitome of Zen, but there was a huge part of me that was scared.

Despite my preparation, I wasn’t truly prepared for what was to come. My doctor had told me if everything went well during the surgery and post-op, I would be able to walk and urinate without issue and could go home that day. He said some women do. He also said some women feel great a few days later. Some of them don’t even need pain pills.

I assumed I was going to be one of those women. Then reality bitch-slapped me and put me in my place.

The surgery went great. I walked. I peed. And I kept my tired ass in that hospital bed the rest of the day and overnight.

In case you’re not “some women,” here are a few things you might want to prepare for so that you don’t feel bitch-slapped like I did.

1. You might wake from surgery shaking like you’ve just run a 300k. Now, I’ve never even run a 5k, but I imagine the shaking I had would be what I would experience with a 300k. You’ll be in twilight land and hear them say, “Let’s give her some Demerol for the shaking.” Then a blissful calm will envelop you, at which point you’ll wake, look at the nurse and tell her how pretty she is. “You’re so pretty. Have I said how pretty you are? Wow, you’re pretty.” I think she was flattered but also a little creeped out.

2. You’ll soon realize you have so much air inside you, you could single-handedly blow up enough balloons to rival the house in the movie Up. And it won’t come out! This isn’t just “gas” — this is air inside your body cavity. They fill you with air so that your organs will shift, so they can see and work inside you. Once they’re done, they just seal you up like a big human balloon, and you have to wait for your body to absorb the air. Enter pain meds. They’ll inject beautiful, Blissland medicine into your IV, and all is right with the world for a bit.

3. Peeing will take like 10 to 15 minutes. Plus, you need to move into approximately eight different positions in order to get it out. I found having my husband lift my feet off the floor and hold them up was the most helpful. Bless that man.

4. If you’re a coffee drinker, drink some caffeine as soon as you can to avoid the caffeine-withdrawal headache! Mine morphed into a full-blown migraine, which had me begging for them to hurry and get me migraine meds. Ahhh, meds.

5. Everything might hurt — for more than a few days. I felt like something might fall out every time I stood up. Rest assured, nothing did.

6. It might hurt to eat. I developed some ridiculous stomach cramping when I would eat anything more than broth or a smoothie. It might have been the Tylenol and Advil, so I stopped that pretty quickly. But hey, I lost weight — 4 pounds in a week, which is a record for me. Sigh.

7. Let’s get real about this: pooping. Oh my god, this was by far the worst. I couldn’t go. I needed to, and it hurt so badly. I’d been taking the stool softeners, but no luck. So my husband went and got a fiber drink. Again, no luck. My husband went and got some suppositories. A little luck. Then my husband went and bought Milk of Magnesia. That plus some light walking on the treadmill (walk, walk, walk if you can!) brought a little more luck. Then my husband went and got an enema and prune juice. Bingo! Basically, my husband bought the entire store section of bowel remedies in three days. Bless that man (again).

8. You might look a little pregnant. I am guessing I am about 4 months along. Bloat, inflammation, plus not using your ab muscles (hey, did you know you use your ab muscles for like everything?!) makes for a small non-baby baby bump. It will go away, but have some loose-fitting clothes on hand.

9. Finally, have a support person. Really. Find someone who can help you because you’ll need it. My husband was my person, and if there was an award for best husband, he would win it. That man helped me off the couch, made me food, got me water, rubbed my shoulders when the pain from the gas was searing. He listened to me cry and rubbed my head. He fed the dog. He helped me shower, drying my legs because I couldn’t bend over. He was my hero, and there aren’t enough words or gestures in the world to let him know how thankful I am for him.

I removed parts of me that have caused pain, frustration, and inconvenience for a very long time. I removed parts of me that bore two beautiful boys — the parts that created them, carried them, put them into my arms. I removed parts of me, and my body is working to make me whole again. What a friggin’ miracle we are!

Nine days out and today I feel human. I still have some slight pain, but I’m on the mend. I looked in the mirror last night, taking in my five small incisions, my bloated belly, my sallow skin, my makeup-less face and messy hair, and I swear to you, ladies, I was amazed at the beauty. It’s beautiful what my body is doing. My body has been through something major and traumatic, and it’s healing. It’s working for me, doing awe-inspiring things to get me back to 100% health.

If you’re going down this road, my main suggestion is to be kind to yourself. Know that you might be like “some women” or you might be just like you. You’ll have your own story, your own recovery, and everything that happens will be just what is supposed to happen to you. Be gentle, relax, sleep, take the pain meds if you need them, and let people help. Let them bring you food, go to the store, or hold your feet up in the hospital so you can eek out a few more drops.

DO’S AND DON’T’S POST HYSTERECTOMY

Hysterectomy, whether laparoscopic or abdominal, has become a common surgery today being done for a multitude of indications. What is of Importance is that the post-operative rehabilitation of the patient to get her back on feet and into her routine as soon as is feasible. Women form the pillars of their homes and they do have several apprehensions about the do’s and don’t’s post-surgery. The following are a few tips to help patients through their post-operative rehabilitation phase.

CARE OF THE STITCHES:

Keep the stitch sites clean and dry. Clean it regularly with soap and water as advised by your gynaecologist and keep checking for any signs of infection such as redness, wound discharge or fever. Wear loose fitting clothes to avoid irritation on the incision or the surrounding skin.

What to eat:

  • Include all seasonal fruits in diet: Each fruit has its own unique nutritive value that helps in post- op healing.
  • Increase fibre and water content: A common side effect of hysterectomy is constipation. Including fruits, green leafy vegetables, increasing water intake can help with this. Avoid fruit juices and try to have fresh fruit as much as possible
  • Increase protein intake: Healing of tissues post-surgery needs proteins. Opt for lean proteins such as skinless chicken and reduced fat dairy products like plain yoghurt. In vegetarian, choose legumes which also supplies required fibre.
  • Avoid saturated fats

Meet your calcium requirement: Your gynecologist will advise you to regularly take calcium and vitamin D supplements. It is important as it will offer protection from fractures.

Lifestyle changes:

  • Get enough rest and sleep: Be sure to get eight hours of undisturbed sleep; avoid watching TV or using smartphones before sleeping. Avoid coffee or tea before sleeping/
  • Meditation: Meditate every morning or practice yoga which can relax you. This can help you to stay active and healthy.
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights: This can put pressure on your stitches and increases chances of a hernia.

Will Exercise help Me?

Women who are physically fit and active before and soon after a hysterectomy will likely have an easier recovery and can be able to return to regular physical activities sooner. It helps prevent unnecessary weight gain and complications such as deep vein thrombosis in the postoperative period due to lack of physical activity. A lot of this also depends on the associated medical conditions. A woman can start exercising around 4 weeks after a hysterectomy. Talk to your gynaecologist about the extent of physical activity you are permitted.

All in all, listen to your body and let your body guide you as to how much you can do.

If you smoke, giving up before your operation will help reduce your risk of chest problems. It will also help your wound to heal after the operation. Your GP can give you advice and support.

You will go to a pre-assessment clinic a few days or weeks before the operation. You will have tests to check you are fit for surgery, such as blood tests and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart.

A member of the team will explain the operation to you. Make sure you discuss any questions or concerns that you have about the operation with them.

You will usually be admitted to hospital on the morning of your operation. You will be given elastic stockings (TED stockings) to wear during and after the operation to prevent blood clots forming in your legs.

Some hospitals follow an enhanced recovery programme. This aims to:

  • reduce the time you spend in hospital
  • speed up your recovery
  • involve you more in your own care.

For example, your doctor or nurse may give you information about diet and exercise before surgery. Or they may put in place any arrangements needed for you to go home. Your doctor or nurse will tell you if an enhanced recovery programme is suitable for you and if it is available.

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