Are you considering a hysterectomy? If so, at Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, we offer the latest in robotic-assisted surgery — the daVinci Robotic Surgery system. This system offers many benefits over traditional surgery, including shorter recovery times and less pain. In this blog post, we will discuss how to prepare for your robotic-assisted surgery.
How to Prepare for Your Robotic-Assisted Surgery
General Health Exam
Before your hysterectomy, you’ll need a physical exam. Your Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates surgeon may order tests, such as blood tests, a chest X-ray, or an electrocardiogram (ECG) to check on your general health. It's also important you tell your surgeon about any medications you take at home, including herbal supplements and other over-the-counter medications.
Stop All Blood Thinners
At Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, our surgeons take a close look at your medical history and current overall health. With this in mind, you may be told to stop taking aspirin or other medications that thin your blood and increase bleeding. These include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
Check with our surgeon about when you need to stop taking these medications before your hysterectomy.
Follow All Care Team Instructions
Your care team will provide you with a list of important instructions to follow before and after surgery. It's essential you follow all the instructions carefully to ensure a successful surgery and recovery.
Some of the things you may be asked to do include:
Taking a shower or bath the night before or morning of surgery
Wearing loose, comfortable clothing on the day of surgery
You will also be given specific instructions on what time to arrive at the hospital or surgical center and how long you can expect to stay. Once your procedure is scheduled, your care team will go over everything with you so there are no surprises.
Pack a Bag from Home
Come the day of your daVinci Robotic Surgery with Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes for your surgery appointment. Bring your identification, insurance cards, a copy of your Advance Directive, if needed, and a form of payment to cover any co-payments that may be required by your insurance. You also don't want to forget your charger or any home comfort items!