If you need to undergo surgery to remove your uterus, for correcting colon problems or for any other reason, it is today better to opt for laparoscopic surgery than traditional surgery. this is because laparoscopy is faster, more efficient and requires less downtime than traditional surgery. Here are some tips for preparing for laparoscopic surgery.
Medication to stop
If you consider undergoing laparoscopy, inform your doctor about all the medications you take as some medications can lead to complications after the procedure. Mention both prescription and non-prescription drugs to your doctor.
If you take aspirin or drugs like ibuprofen, stop taking them for at least a week before surgery as they slow down blood clotting and increases the risk of bleeding during surgery. your doctor will stop your birth control pills a few weeks before surgery as they increase the risk of blood clots. he will also discontinue any prescription blood thinning drugs, as they can cause excessive bleeding. Never discontinue any prescription medication without first consulting your physician.
When colorectal surgery is necessary, schedule an appointment with your doctor just prior to the scheduled date. your colorectal surgeon will explain the procedure, how laparoscopic surgery is performed, why it has to be done, and inform you of all the risks of the procedure, as well as the benefits you will receive. be sure to ask any questions you may have regarding the surgery, and your doctor will provide the answers. your doctor will then order preoperative studies that include an electrocardiogram, blood and urine tests and if required, an ultrasound scan or x-ray.
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the operation. If you have any medications to take in the morning, ask your doctor if you can take them and if they should be taken without water, with a sip of water or if the dose should be skipped.
You will be asked to arrive an hour or two before the laparoscopic surgery. An anesthesiologist will ask some questions about your health and explain what to expect from anesthesia.
Your doctor will place an intravenous line with a small and flexible plastic tube in your arm or hand to give medications and fluids during the laparoscopy. If required, your doctor will also administer medication before the surgery to help you relax.