Preparing Mentally & Physically

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.

Prepare Emotionally

  • 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

Prepare Physically

  • 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.

Concierge Services

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!