Advanced Gynaecological Surgery Centre

Preparing for Surgery

Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, it is important for you prepare, both mentally and physically, for surgery as an important step toward a successful result.

Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.

Before surgery, your Doctor will give you a physical examination to make sure you don't have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome.

Routine tests, such as blood tests and ultrasounds, if required, will be arranged for you by the doctor prior to your procedure.

Please discuss both your prescription and herbal medications with the nursing staff. If you are taking aspirin or non-steroidal medications, you will need to stop taking them between five and ten days before surgery to minimize bleeding. A list of medications to avoid or cease prior to your procedure will be provided at your consent appointment.

  • If you are overweight, losing weight is advisable.
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Your doctor will advise you if you require multivitamin or iron supplements.
  • Report any infections to your Doctor. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.

Home Planning

  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cleaning, cooking, shopping and laundry.
  • Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to reach, lift and bend as often.
  • Prepare and freeze meals, use online grocery shopping or a company that provides meals
  • Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.

Preparing for Procedure

If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:

  • Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
  • For safety reasons you must have someone stay with you overnight
  • The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
  • Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.