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Tips to Prepare for Surgery

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Having surgery can be a stressful time for even the most organized and prepared person. After various surgeries, I’ve learned how to prepare for surgery to make it less stressful for everyone. Here are some tips to prepare for surgery.

Tell your support system

Let your family and friends know about your surgery. You do not have to include details if you don’t feel comfortable, but tell them the basics. Letting them know what is happening allows them to be better informed during the recovery process. It also enables them to better support you during your time of need.

Expect the unexpected

As I learned from my recent hysterectomy, the unexpected can always happen. Be prepared for anything and accept whatever can happen as part of your recovery.

Freezer Meals

Before surgery, double the recipe for your meals and freeze half of it. Prepare easy freezer slow cooker meals, too. Having freezer meals will make it easier to have frugal, healthy meals ready for you and/or your family. Check out these freezer meals from Andrea Dekker.

Liquid Diet

Most pain medicines will cause constipation. And, depending on the type of surgery, the first bowel movement after surgery can be painful. Starting a semi-liquid diet two to three days before surgery will make the first bowel movement easier on your stomach. A semi-liquid diet includes decreased meats, increase protein shakes, and warm liquids such as hot teas and soups.

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Get needed recovery supplies

Healing after surgery may need certain items. For example – After my hysterectomy, I needed large pads for the bleeding and larger underwear to ease restriction on my stomach area. Get the needed items before your surgery so you don’t have to worry about someone else getting them once you are home from the procedure. Here are some items that may help with recovery (also check out the article 10 Tips for Fast Healing After Surgery).

Research the procedure

Often times knowing how a procedure works can be comforting. It also makes you better prepared to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. Knowing what will happen may make you feel less stressed. Remember – knowledge is power.

Arrange Child Care

Make sure to have a plan A and B for child care in case plan A doesn’t work out. Arranging play dates will also help ease the kids’ restlessness while you’re recovering.

Change of Clothes

Be sure to include a change of clothes in with your hospital bag. And not just any clothes. Have clothes that are comfortable to wear over your surgery area.

Talk with Your Kids

Having surgery can be scary, especially for your kids. Sometimes kids are too young to understand what is happening, but letting them know changes are approaching will better prepare them. Let them know about the surgery, but in terms, they can understand. Tell them what to expect while you’re having surgery and during recovery. Be sure to include who will be caring for them, where they will stay during your surgery, how long your procedure will take, and how long recovery takes. Comfort them and tell them you know it sounds scary, but everything will be alright.

Entertainment for Kids

During recovery, my kids still wanted to play with me while I was in bed. Before surgery, I made each of them a bag filled with an activity for us to do together. The activities included coloring books with crayons, card games, and other little fun games from the dollar store. My kids loved having one-on-one time with me doing something special.

4 thoughts on “Tips to Prepare for Surgery”

  1. At the 4 year old age, what did you have luck with and what was difficult for those prep conversations and for the recovery time as well?

  2. Thank you Brandi,
    I am recently widowed, I have severe rheumatoid arthritis. I’ve had it for 40 years. I retired a little over a year ago, signed up last spring for Medicare. Now I am looking at double total knee replacement. They will be doing each knee separately because of the extent of the damage. Any advice or direction will be helpful to me in getting myself prepared for the up coming surgeries. Thank you again for writing this piece it’s very helpful.

  3. Pingback: 10 Tips for Fast Healing After Surgery - Being Fibro Mom

  4. Preparation is a crucial aspect of ensuring a positive surgical experience. By taking proactive steps and staying organized, you can set the stage for a smoother preoperative process and a more comfortable recovery.

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