Preparing Yourself Emotionally and Physically for Surgery
Woman’s has years of experience in helping women through surgery. Adopting a positive attitude and preparing, both emotionally and physically, will set you on the road to recovery.
- Practice relaxation exercises
- Perform deep-breathing exercises
- Think positively
- Use visualization and imaging techniques
- Learn about managing pain after surgery
- Share questions and concerns with your doctor
- Review last minute instructions
- Stick to healthy foods. Your body needs good nutrition to fight infection and heal following surgery. This is NOT a time for dieting.
- Avoid dehydration. Drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day, preferably water.
- Practice the post-operative exercises your doctor recommends. You will need to do them during and after your hospital stay.
- Avoid shaving or waxing. Do not shave or wax your abdomen, thighs or the area around your vagina for at least a week before surgery. For breast surgery patients, do not shave underarms. Shaving with a razor can nick the skin. This increases the risk of getting a wound infection. If hair needs to be removed for your operation, it will be done at the hospital with special clippers.
Woman’s is happy to assist you and your loved ones with special requests during your stay. Concierge service is available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays and 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM on weekends.
E-mail us or call 225-927-1300, ext. 4400 before your stay!