Pre-Op Information for Tubal Reversal Surgery
This information is NOT intended as a substitute for medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.
Tubal Reversal Surgery Pre-Op Information:
- Use protection (barrier contraception “Condoms” and/or foam) during ovulation. DO NOT GET PREGNANT the cycle of surgery.
- Arrangements should be made for child care outside the home for the day of surgery and possibly the next day. A quiet, restful environment is needed when you return home.
- Make arrangements for someone to be there with you for at least 48 hours after surgery. Expect your first night to be restless.
- You may wish to have the following items at hand to avoid having to send someone out after your surgery: prescription pain medication, heating pad, over-the-counter pain medications (Tylenol, Aleve, etc.), food (oatmeal, ice cream, rice, steamed vegetables, bread, fruit, yogurt, soup and saltine crackers may be easier on the stomach), thermometer, feminine pads, loose comfortable clothing to wear, throat lozenges, and a good book or video to watch while resting.
- Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight the night before surgery.
- Do not smoke or chew gum after 12:00 midnight the night before surgery.
- If you are currently taking medication, ask your doctor if you should stop taking it.
- You will see the Anesthesia staff prior to surgery. Ask all anesthesia related questions at this time.
Other Pre-Surgery Important Information:
- Patient must shower or bathe the night prior to surgery, make sure your abdomen is very clean.
- Vaginal Prep: None is usually required
- Nail polish, make-up and jewelry should be removed the night before surgery.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes to prevent any unnecessary pressure on the umbilicus on the day of surgery.
- Bowel preparation with a purging agent such as Go-lytely, Magnesium Citrate or Fleet Phospho-Soda is sometimes recommended. While unpleasant, this procedure minimizes the risk of surgical complications from bowel injury during your surgery.
- Someone must be with you to drive you home. (It is nice to have a pillow in the car).