Ways You Can Make Your Hysterectomy Safer

Operations have risks as well as benefits, and there are risks as well as benefits from not going ahead with the surgery that is recommended. But improving safety has been a goal of surgeons and it;s helpful on the patient end to do what you can to enhance safety. Going into an operation, well rested, well nourished
including consistent multivitamin with iron use over the past days, weeks or
months, in optimal physical exercise shape always are beneficial. But many
women approaching surgery have no luxury of the time, the fortitude, or the
health to make those first tips work. But there are other simple things. A
basic check up with your primary care physician is important. The American
Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has recommendations for what tests each
person needs. Many surgeons believe in a pre-procedure bowel clean out. That
helps in two ways, it makes it safer if, hopefully not, but if there is a bowel
injury; but it is also a way that the bowel can collapse and this makes your
surgeon be able to see better during the operation. Stop medicines that cause
blood clotting. For NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen it would be a week, for aspirin
it would require about two weeks off, for herbals that can produce blood
thinning, two weeks is also a good rule of thumb. If you are on actual blood
thinners consult your prescribing physician. See your dentist first. If you
already have loose teeth this could cause a real problem if you need to have a
breathing tube inserted. Make sure you have good lung health, if you have been
self treating allergies and any asthma, it’s important to both have your prescriptions
current and find out when you are to take them prior to and just after surgery.
Tell your physician about any problems you have had with prior surgeries, and a
plan can be made to try to avoid those complications during your hysterectomy
surgery. Actually any problems with anesthesia your family members have had are
important. Make sure you have removed your piercings in advance, especially if
they are near the area of incision, as they may be tracking in small amounts of
bacteria that could hamper healing. Self blood storage is no longer necessary
for the average woman. This just makes you iron depleted heading into your
surgery and it is better to not do the storage. That being said, if you have a
very rare blood type or a strong reason for a transfusion during surgery it may
be wise to discuss with your gyno if you should do blood storage.


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