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Packing for hospital?

Hi ladies , what do I need to take with me for my laproscopy? There's a good chance I'll be in overnight as my surgery is in the afternoon.

Hope you're having a good day

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Hey,

Hospitals get cold especially as anes and a bit of shock make you cold.

Pack a nice robe.

Pack nightie not pjs for easier access when you need to get up and tioleting etc.

Water bottle you will be a little parched after the tube down your throat and if you cant get a nurse,it will drive you nuts,a dry throat.

Your own pads as theirs will probably be not quite right.

Buy some underwear that is the next size up and soft.

I wish id done that,to fit around the bloated tummy.

You dont want anything too tight.

Loose clothing,easy access like a dress or looser pants.nothing tight on the tummy.

When you come home have your heat pack ready.

Buy a thermometer,to check temp for any infections etc.

It really helps to know its just pain when your wondering about symptoms.

Kind regards

Rose

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Hi there, I got given a list and it says a bath robe, slippers, sanitary towels and any toiletries are optional i would just pack as though your staying overnight somewhere :) hope it goes well for you! Mine is tomorrow I've been sick with nerves all day!

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Oh good luck!!!

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Hi racheymon, how did your lap go?

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Hi, sorry for the late reply I've been on holiday! It was a success, all endo was excised and the coil was put in. I'm 5 weeks post op now and whilst I do feel better I still feel a bit tender inside especially when going the toilet and occasionally cramping up, my stomach still feels a bit swollen and not the way it was before surgery. How about yourself!?

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Hi, had surgery yesterday and still in hospital. All endo gone, dermoid cyst removed and nothing on the bowel. I'm sore and my ribs hurt from the gas but otherwise ok

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That's good to hear, I wish you a fast recovery! Yes the gas the probably the worse pain but I found fresh ginger tea really helped, it'll make you burp a lot

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Hi, the only thing I'd add is some freshen up wipes, like baby wipes, as I felt grotty and wanted a fresher face etc. Oh and a toothbrush?! I cleaned my teeth ha x

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I also took some lip balm & something to read for whilst I was waiting to go down to theatre. My laparoscopy was done at 4:30pm and I was still allowed home that night. Fingers crossed for you x

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Slip on shoes could be handy. Definetly water bottle with a straw and lip balm. Wear warm clothes.

Good luck

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Also I would take mints mouth tastes horrible after, xxx

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I like to over pack! When I went in for a lap even though I knew I would probably be out that day this is what I packed:

Loose clothing, dressing gown, slippers, 3 pairs of big knickers, loads of my own sanitary towels, face wipes, mini body wash, shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, deodorant, a bit of money (change just in case) phone, phone charger, 2 books, 2 magazines, pen and paper, bottled water, all of my own medication and some of my own painkillers too, hairbrush, mints, a packet of biscuits. A nice big cardi which could also double as an extra blanket if I was cold.

It did all fit in an overnight bag. I did go home that night and I didn't need half of it but I felt much happier knowing I had everything I might need just in case.

I'm going in for a hysterectomy in a few days, that's anything between 1-5 nights, I'm packing loads!

Hope it all goes well for you xx

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Thanks ! Good luck with your surgery too x

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