Health,  Wellness

Preparing For Laparoscopy

Here is a blog post about preparing for laparoscopy that many of you requested.

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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.

Preparation

Laparoscopy surgery was scheduled at September, 24th, 2018 in the afternoon at 16.00.

Some things I noted preparing for laparoscopy are:

  • Bring loose clothing. Pullover dresses are best. They give enough room to move around freely without being too restrictive.
  • Bring adult diapers. These are beneficial as you will be hooked to a catheter post surgery. Ensure you have the right size. I brought a size too small and it was troublesome 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.
  • A full Brazilian wax was definitely in order (ouch!).

Bowel Prep

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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. 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. It was unpleasant albeit necessary.

Preliminary Tests

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.

Anxiety

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.

Anxiety prior to surgery is normal. It helps talking to someone supportive like a member of the family, a friend or seek medical guidance.

Support System

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!

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