This one is for all my #spoonie ladies out there. Prepping for a laparoscopy can be pretty daunting – but it doesn’t need to be. I’ve had two laparoscopy’s now, the second being in August 2017 so I thought why not write up my top tips to prepare for a laparoscopy.LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY RECOVERY TIP
STOCK UP ON TEA
No, not normal tea – although that is tasty too! You need to get yourself some peppermint tea! Due to the type of procedure it is – the surgeon will fill you up with carbon dioxide gas to be able to see around your organs. The gas causes pain post surgery as it takes a while to get rid of it. Your body eventually gets rid of the gas. It helps to move around as much as possible when you’re ready to do so. But peppermint tea is the only thing that I felt seemed to relieve the pain.
HOT WATER BOTTLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Heat will help the pain from the gas and for the inflammation so try and get lots of heat pads and hot water bottles.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT KINDS OF STITCHES YOU’VE HAD
This one seems pretty obvious. But when you’ve just came out of an operation high as a kite on anaesthetic you won’t be able to think straight. Prepare your family member or partner with some questions you’d like answering just before you leave the hospital incase you’re not in the right frame of mind to remember.
PREPARE TO BE HIGH AF FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS
If you’ve consistently been taking pain killers because of the endo pain you will already have an idea of what it feels like post op. It’s just scaled up. You might get the giggles, you might feel slightly agitated or you might find yourself talking to bins (yes that happened to me the first time I was given morphine lol). If you’re a sensitive soul you might cry post op but it’s completely normal to have feelings of sadness. I felt like a lost cause weeks after my surgery so just don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember how many drugs you’ll be on to cope with the pain ect. They may have a negative impact on your mental health but just try and remember that it’s the drugs and it’s not you!
TAKE THE WARD CONTACT NUMBER DOWN
This one will come in handy if you forget any questions you had planned to ask. It’s always handy to get the contact details of the ward you’re on so over the course of your recovery you can speak to the nurses incase anything goes wrong.
PACK COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Make sure you pack clothes and underwear that are lose fitting and soft.Don’t be surprised if you come out of the op looking 6 months preggos that’s just the gas, it will go down. But having comfortable underwear / no bra will make ALL the difference.
TAKE LIP BALM WITH YOU
After surgery your lips and skin will most likely feel very dry. Keep moisturised it honestly makes such a difference. It’s all about self love post op. You need to be thinking of yourself whilst your health is off track.
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SPLINT YOUR TUMMY
If you need to cough or sneeze after your operation hold a pillow against your tummy. The same goes for if you’re getting up or sitting up right. Your abdominal muscles have been cut open and need support. Recovering from laparoscopic surgery makes you realise just how much you use your abdominal muscles!
PREPARE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
You will be out of actions for at least a couple of weeks post op so prepare your bedroom and living room to suit you. Make sure it’s a nice relaxing area. Get some oils and an oil burner at the ready for when you come out as this will really help you stay calm and relaxed post op.
GET SOMEONE YOU TRUST
You will no doubt need help doing daily tasks for the first couple of tasks. Whether that be your partner, mum, dad sister or brother get someone you know will be supportive. You will be going through a major op and you need a positive, supportive person by your side.
Meal prepping before your op is super organised and will really help when you can’t be in the kitchen. It also gives you a chance to make healthy meals that your body really needs post surgery. You need every bit of strength to help you recover and foods with high vitamin content are going to be a saviours! Try stay clear of stodgy foods post op like bread and pasta. There will be a lot of inflammation and those kinds of foods will just make it ten times worse!
GET LOADS OF PILLOWS (AND I MEAN LOADS)
Sleeping arrangements for the first few days can be tricky getting used too. The first couple of days I had to sleep on my side I physically couldn’t sleep on my back. I had a pillow underneath my side, 2/3 pillows behind my head, a pillow stuffed on my other side. I also kept a pillow in between my legs. Basically barricaded myself in with pillows lol trust me it helps!
REMEMBER – YOU KNOW YOUR OWN BODY.
It’s a high chance that you got diagnosed from Endometriosis through persistence. You know your own body. You know how it should and shouldn’t feel so if you feel like there something might be wrong don’t be afraid to contact the hospital or your GP.
If you thought this post was useful I’d love to have a chat with you in the comments section. I’m thinking of writing up a post on useful tips whilst you’re in the process of being diagnosed. What are your thoughts? I’m also going to be filming a Q&A all about my endometriosis so if you’d like to be featured with a question please feel free to ask away in the comments 🙂 Thank you!
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