Here is a blog post about preparing for laparoscopy that many of you requested.
In 2011 my husband and I married. It has been seven years and yet we were unable to conceive naturally. After much research we decided to see dr. Luky Satria, SpOG at RS Mayapada Lebak Bulus, Jakarta.
Meticulous investigation deduced that my endometriosis state interferes with our attempt to conceive. A condition treatable by laparoscopy surgery.
Laparoscopy is commonly used to treat women with endometriosis problems. It is performed using small cuts (incisions), thin instruments and a camera. Recovery time is quicker. It allows for shorter hospital stay, less pain and smaller scars.
I will not write about technical terms too much. You can read about it in this page.
I elected to have the procedure performed at Griya Husada RS Fatmawati, Jakarta, Indonesia in September 2018. A coordinating nurse at the hospital assisted with arrangements and provided me guidelines throughout the whole preparation.
Laparoscopy surgery was scheduled at September, 24th, 2018 in the afternoon at 16.00.
As preliminary tests I did chest x-ray, urine analysis, electrocardiogram (EKG) and blood tests. These tests will help surgeons to better understand the existing condition of a patient. I saw an internist and an anaesthetist as part of preoperative preparation.
Liquid diet is eating food in liquid form. These can be soup broth, milk, water or clear fruit juice without pulp like apple/grape juice. Liquid diet lessen bowel residue and provides clean bowel for surgeons to work with.
I did not feed on a liquid diet for bowel preparation. I ate only plain rice porridge and drank only water for two days prior surgery.
Eight hours ahead of procedure I consumed a bottle of laxative called Fleet Phosposoda to clear out the bowel.
Essentials To Packed
Here is a list of essentials I packed with me to the hospital:
- Loose clothing. Dresses without any elastics at the waist are best. They give enough room to move freely without being too restrictive.
- Bring adult diapers. These are useful to save you from bathroom trips you are not strong enough to make yet. Ensure you have the right size. I brought a size too small and it was horrible to wear.
- Bring granny panties. You know, those big panties with waistband that comes up to your waistline and made out of cotton. They don’t end up at your hips where they could scratch your surgical scars. They are comfortable they will be your best friend post surgery.
- Chargers for your phones, tablets, laptops or any device you want to bring with you.
- Dry shampoo and facial wipes. Useful to save you from those bathroom trips.
To help me overcome nervousness and anxiety, I gathered as much knowledge as I can about the upcoming procedure. I interviewed a team of doctors that I had to consult with for preoperative tips and instructions.
I poured over the internet for information. Knowing what to expect make me feel less apprehensive.
It helps talking to someone supportive like a member of the family, a friend or seek medical guidance.
I was very fortunate to have a fully supportive system of family and friends that I can count on. These people provided comfort and support that help me ease my anxiousness.
Preparing yourself well for laparoscopy is my advice to those who will undergo the surgery. Plan properly in advance. Hopefully you will come to the operating room more content.
You can read about my experience on the day of the surgery here.
Thanks for reading, guys!