It's been almost 2 weeks since my laproscopic surgery, I have learned alot both from experiencing it and talking to ya'll here on the forum. Time to share, because just maybe somebody is about to go through the same thing and has questions or needs help. It would be great if everyone added their two cents and we will have a nice "what to expect when your expecting laproscopic surgery" list...lol
1. Don't be fooled, this is major surgery. You could be having body parts removed. Don't plan on doing much for at LEAST a week or two. If you are lucky like some, you'll be up and at 'em. But if you're not, then you won't be disappointed and frustrated.
2. Make or buy muffins. Especially bran. You will need them. Don't ask me why. Ok...why? Because your meds will constipate you and make your stomach hurt. AND you will be too tired to make food. You can buy stool softeners too, but they don't make for a tasty breakfast...
3. If you can, shop for or prepare food and stick it in the freezer. And be REALLY REALLY nice to your friends and neighbors before your surgery. They may offer to bring you food. Don't be silly, say yes. You will be glad you did!
4. The CO2 gas may bloat you up. It might not happen for a day or two and you will laugh and say "I am SO lucky!!" and then "POP" You are the now the Pilsbury doughgirl. Only not as cute. But it hurts...not just the shoulder, could be all over. WALK, WALK, WALK.. around the house, it will go away. Could take a week or more, but the worst is the first few days. Try beano, mylanta, etc. too. BEST cure: Massage. Takes away all the toxins, pushes out some gas. Can't get one?... be REALLY REALLY nice to your spouse, significant other, children, whoever.... they may take pity on poor ol' bloated you and help you out.
5. Get one of those beanybag things that you put in the microwave. Put it on where it hurts. Warm feels nice and you can't get in the tub for two weeks. Your body might hurt all over. They say they don't drop you off the stretcher while you are unconscious, but I personally don't believe it...
6. Enjoy your downtime. Remember all those busy days you wished you could lie around, play on the computer, read books, organize your photos, google your old boyfriend, write that novel? Well, do it. Or sleep. Or both.
7. Sleep. Sleep some more.
8. Driving sucks. Try and avoid it until your incisions/stomach muscles don't hurt. (and you're not on happypills anymore...) It's illegal in most states to drive lying down, I believe...
9. Drink lots of water. Flushes out all the stuff they pumped into you during surgery. Fluffs out the sleep wrinkles in your face..
10. Get on this forum when you can. You will find wonderful women with supportive notes, messages, laughs, and you can read others stories to know whether you are "normal" or not (in terms of your surgery - if you want deeper analysis, try the psych forum...)
That's MY top ten, I hope you all can add a few of your own! Thanks everyone for ALL your help, info, and especially the friendship and laughter.
Have a great day!
Was this out patient surgery or did you stay in the hospital?
That was wonderful. You shared the reality but added a good dose of humor. I love it. I want to add to #2 - I did not take the pain meds because I couldn't stand the dizziness and headache (I tried the pills twice). Yet I still had the sluggish bowels. Remember, they get in there and shove things around to get to the parts they want. I think the bowels go into shock and pass out. So do drink plenty of fluids and take in lots of fiber. Be careful with that because many fiber foods also cause gas. You'll have enough of that floating around from the surgery. For me walking around helped the most. It's not easy to get up or sit down but once you're in an upright position, just move forward.
Here's my own dose of what i learned... I had open surgery and was in the hospital 4 days.
It's good to have someone to help you wipe your ***.
After you feel good enough to do that yourself, you're ready to go home.
I actually had my hubby get me a "reachy thingy" to put butt wipes on the end of.
Wiping sucks when you have a big ole "happy smile" incision across your abdomen!
But, I'm 5 weeks post op, and it does get better. I can "almost" reach all the way back there now without too much pain!
Any sisters have THIS wonderful point of view??? lol
love you all,
That was great from both of you!!!! Need to add another if I could... Buy one of those "grabby" things on a pole used for reaching things "out of reach"..Mine is called a "Gopher".. They advertise it for older folks.. (like me) LOL.. Available at Wal-mart, CVS, etc. Use it for picking up things on the floor that you drop, or can't reach.. Believe me when I say you do NOT want to bend over..
And, I took stool softeners as well as Metamucil (but someone said their Dr. told them not to take the metamucil as it could cause a blockage).. I was fine with it.. just diluted it a lot! And the old standby prunes... And remember that "This too shall pass" .. no pun intended...P.S. Mine was outpatient...
Ours must have crossed.. yours was great too !!
Hahaha, you ladies crack me up! MORE great advice, MORE laugher, the best medicine, right? .... oh my the things we talk about here! too funny....
Yah, I forgot to add the grabbythingy. I would just look at stuff on the floor and then do what my kids do...pretend I didnt see it and walk away! Unless I needed it, then big problem!
btw painlady, they booted me out the same day, but everyone is diffferent. Some people on here stayed 1 day, 3 days, who knows...
Have a great day...
If you want those incisions to heal faster, remove the dressings and let air get to the staples or stitches. This can be done while sitting or laying down, Keep those hands clean when touching the surgical areas, Plenty of fluids. Exercize, if you can't get outdoors, do some stationary stuff, high kicks, swing arms, shoulder crunchs, hip rotations, laying around for 2 to 3 weeks you will lose some muscle tone, a lot of things can be done just holding onto the back of a chair, sitting down on the edge of a chair, laying flat and flexing the knees and hips. When you use your grabber thing, don't stand and grab, bend from the waist and grab, or if higher, stretch up and grab. Don't try to do all the exercizes at once, space them out, Use a pillow between or under the knees at night for sleeping if it helps take the strain from the incision. Laying around too much predisposes you to clots, so MOVE AROUND PLEASE.
Oh, now I just cant' wait to have my surgery, this sounds like sooo much fun!!!
Already have the grabber, now I just need a butt wiper, ick.
Thanks for the information and the giggle! But it also scared me a bit...almost shed a tear...it is scary to think about surgery even though you have been through it several times. Like you said...it is major surgery.
Thanks again for the laughs and the tears!
What a great list of things to remember. I have had 7 abdominal surgeries in the last 6 years and facing another one in the next few weeks. I would have to say that your top 10 has to be some of the best advice you could give. It also adds some great humor. I especially love the butt wiper part. I actually had to have hubby help me a few years ago when I got really sick with paratanitis. It was so embarrasing, but what can you do??? LOL Glad you are feeling better. Hope you continue to recover.
I read this post in case my doctor tomorrow says "surgery for you!" - great advice. But I especially love the humor in it all. You are too funny and made me laugh this morning!
Hope you are continuing to heal well and to Donna - glad you are continuing to recover nicely too. The butt wiping - priceless!! (and necessary :)
Thank you for this! I will definitely be in need of it for mine coming up. Oh so funny. Yes, we can't take ourselves too seriously - you have to find the humour!
Ok, I am sorry if I scared anyone! I didn't mean to, and I hope there were more laughs than gasps of horror.... and REALLY, I swear, it's not that bad! (I just had it in MY head that it was "only" laproscopic.) This denial led to frustration on my part, thinking I would bounce back up and at 'em in a few days. Oh well, we are all different, and maybe it's because I had both ovaries out and not just the cysts? who knows. Don't be afraid, it's best to know, and plan for it! Doctors tend not to give you the full scoop on things, so we've only got each other, girls! I hope I've done more help than harm... :) If you think that's funny, wait until "My Top 10 Adventures with Hormones" comes out next...
Take care my friends, keep healing and looking forward!
Can't wait for the Top 10 Adventures with Hormones comes out - Happy Patch 24/7????
OMG! Thank YOU. I went into hospital for something entirely different last week and by accident, they found a huge cyst on my ovary. I am SO not wanting to be in patient so I am really hoping this is going to be laparascopic. They believe so now, but I have to find out more this week. Can any of you who have had this, tell me was there a point where they decided open vs. lap? What made them decide this for you?
My cyst is about 10cm (they say about the size of an orange) and unfortunately it is moving toward my spine so it has been a challenge for them to find with regular exams. Any info/comfort is greatly appreciated. I asked them to let me keep it...you know? We have become one now, my cyst and I. My doc called it an alien and said it has to return to its planet. lol.
You do need to get it out and the reasons can vary depending upon what type of cyst it is. Please do look at the health pages and cysts 101. If it twists or bursts it can cause a lot of problems.
I have a 16 cm cyst and a 7 cm uteran fibroid. Because I have had extensive previous intestinal surgery my doctor has to do open because of all the adhesions and the fact that I don't have a large colon so everything has found different homes inside me.
Good luck with your alien.
Loved the tips. lol. I'd add, try drinking Peppermint tea for the bloating - especially just before you go to bed.I found it makes such a difference.
Oh and if you are v constipated in the first few days, don't eat every fiberous food known to man. It will release. Believe me and you don't want to have overdone it with the fibre when it does. Special mention....Chilli chocolate - just say Noooooooooooooooo :- O
in the words of sandymac
prayers to all
you are so right about #4,... worst pain ever from that gas they pump in you... I thought I was having a heart attack,,, my chest felt so tight and shooting pains, it hurt all the time!... and everything you said was correct,,, even when having one of my ovaries removed and a cyst off the other,,, I felt the same way!