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.
- Prevention of DVT/PE before surgery
Your doctor will assess your risk of DVT and order a treatment plan that may include:
• Prescribed medications before or after surgery, or when you go home, to prevent blood clots.
• Stopping certain medications before surgery.
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!