Medically reviewed by
Monica Ploetzke, MD
McLeod Women’s Care Clarendon
Millions of women face gynecological surgery every year. To increase the likelihood of success and decrease the chance of complications, each patient needs to consider certain emotional and physical preparations prior to a procedure.
“There’s a certain amount of stress involved when a woman is facing surgery, even if the results will improve her lifestyle,” says McLeod gynecologist Monica Ploetzke, MD. “Your personal gynecologist may have some specific recommendations for you and will likely discuss pain management, but here are some general thoughts to help you prepare.”
MENTAL & EMOTIONAL PREP
If they haven’t already, ask your GYN to explain the procedure and how it’s done. Some procedures require an overnight stay in the hospital, while some can be performed in your GYN’s office. An increasing number of surgeries are performed with a few small incisions (known as minimally invasive surgery), and others are performed using robotic assistance for more complex movements, resulting in less pain and a faster recovery.
Your GYN may recommend that you bring someone with you on the day of the procedure; you may also want to have a relative or friend look after you at home for several days following surgery.
If you have any questions or want information about your procedure, ask your gynecologist.
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