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Preparing for Surgery (Hysterectomy/Salpingo-Oophorectomy)

In the weeks before your surgery, you are advised to do the following:

  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet, medication, supplements and hygiene.

  • Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol.

  • Eat a well balanced diet, including plenty of foods rich in vitamin C which may promote tissue healing.

  • 4-6 weeks before surgery, stop taking herbal and or homoeopathic medication, and do not drink green tea.

  • Stop all blood thinning medications (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve) and supplements (Omega-3 fish oil, garlic, Vitamin E, etc) for at least 2 weeks before surgery. If you are on a script for blood thinners such as Coumadin, Warfarin, Enoxaparin, Loveriex, or Xarelto, or any other critical medications. Check with your surgeon for specific instructions regarding these medications. 

  • Exercise regularly to build energy and maintain strength. 

  • Ready your home, including preparing food and rearranging furniture if necessary. 

  • Your doctor might give you medication to clear out your bowels the day prior to surgery (Picoprep laxative or similar), follow your doctor's instructions exactly on how to take it.

  • If necessary, arrange for someone to take care of your children while you are in the hospital. 

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