Questions about having prolapse surgery
We have many women who travel some distance to come and see Mr Broome. Here are some of the common questions asked, with the answers to assist you.
You will be asked to have a bath or a shower before you come into hospital. Please bring any medication that you are taking along with your nightwear, washbag, personal hygiene items, loose fitting underwear and clothes to go home in and a small amount of money for newspapers.
Depending upon the time of surgery, you will arrive at the hospital having been Nil by Mouth for food for 4 hours and Nil by mouth for fluids, possibly from the time of arrival. This is important as it helps ensure that your stomach is empty before going to theatre. Please try not to chew chewing gum during your Nil by Mouth time as this increases the production of stomach juices which is not good prior to surgery.
After you arrive at the hospital, you will be shown to your room. After taking some details from you and taking you temperature, blood pressure and weight, the nurse will assist you with preparing for theatre. It may be that the anaesthetist visits you also at this time.
You will wake up in recovery with an oxygen mask over your mouth and nose. This is important as part of your immediate post-op recovery. You will also find that you have a drip (a very narrow needle into your vein with fluids attached). Again, this is to ensure that you remain hydrated after surgery and may assist with giving you medication should you require it.
You will receive strong painkillers either whilst you are in surgery or while you are in recovery. These can sometimes make you feel quite sleepy or a little nauseous but the nurses in recovery will look after you and help you if you require it.
After a couple of hours in recovery, you will be taken back to the ward.
Most people experience discomfort rather than pain and the nurses will be expecting to give you painkillers (analgesia) on a regular basis. It is really important that you do take these painkillers as prescribed for the first few days as research shows that those who do, recover faster. You may also find that when you are at home, feeling better, you may not take painkillers as often but as you feel better you do more and this may cause discomfort, particularly when you are tired. This is all normal, and indicates the importance of not doing too much but also appreciating when you do need analgesia to help you.
Generally this is overnight. You will need to be driven home when you are discharged and then be looked after at home.
When you feel comfortable but generally, it is advised that you wait for two weeks to allow any internal bruising to dissipate, the internal sutures to heal and your internal anatomy to recover from the surgery. The mesh is very robust so you will not damage the operation should you wish to resume relations.
Immediately after surgery, you are not insured to drive. However, after this initial post-op period, it is then advisable for you to abstain from driving until you can sit in a car seat with the seatbelt on comfortably and perform an emergency stop, comfortably. Generally, this is around at least two weeks after surgery.
You may find it uncomfortable to lift heavy things for 6 weeks. This includes the supermarket shopping, young children, walking big dogs as all these actions cause a strain on the abdominal muscles.
Eat well and drink plenty of water to prevent yourself from becoming constipated. If you aim to increase your daily intake of green vegetables, fresh fruit and pulses in your diet and decrease the amount of cakes, biscuits and crisps, these dietary changes will help your body to function normally.
If you develop a cough (where you did not have one before surgery) please see your GP for advice. Coughing can strain the muscles and ligaments in a similar way to lifting and should be avoided wherever possible.
Unfortunately, there are no visitors accommodation at the hospitals. Usually, though, partners are able to sit in the hospital rooms during the day but must retire to their own accommodation to sleep. We can advise you on where you can stay, if that helps.
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