• I do not know how to dress for surgery tommorow. I need sugestions and advise. I do not know what to expect about recovery, driving

    Asked by Zizzah on Thursday, November 29, 2012

    I do not know how to dress for surgery tommorow. I need sugestions and advise. I do not know what to expect about recovery, driving

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    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      Comfortable loose clothing, your softest largest shirt and sweatpants, slip on shoes are helpful. You need to have someone to drive you home and best if someone stayed with you to get you liquids and food. I like to have some kind of mint or fruit flavored candies to get the taste of meds out of my mouth. Stock your kitchen with bottled water, your favorite soup and easy to eat meals. This is when those who want to help can help by bringing meals and doing chores for you. Your brain will be going in short spurts so magazines and short books will be best (TV works). Lots of liquids will be your mantra, they help wash the drugs out of your system.
      You will want soft loose shirts for a while to allow healing.
      Take care Tracy

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Not sure what type of surgery you're having but the hospital typically makes you put on one of those fancy gowns so I don't imagine it will matter what you wear. As far as driving, might not be a bad idea to take someone with you. Just in case...

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Is it inpatient or outpatient surgery? Why kind of surgery? Recovery, driving, etc. will vary greatly based on the type and extent of your surgery.

      about 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I will add to my 2 cents worth to the good advice you've gotten from others. Have someone take your your surgery you will need the support during the pre-op period and to advocate on your behalf. The hospital will not let you leave, let alone drive by yourself so said person will need to take you home. Bring some healthy snacks to eat while in post-op. The hospital I've had my surgeries (cancer and non cancer related) serve cookies, crackers, coffee and juice, if I'm lucky I can get water. The hospital will give you instructions on how to take care of yourself post-op and when you can drive again. Take it easy, listen to your body, and heal.

      Best of luck tomorrow - I will keep you in my prayers -sending you healing and calm vibes.

      about 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      Wear button down or similar type tops (nothing pull over the head)...wear comfy bottoms. I wasn't allowed to drive for 2 weeks post bilat.....Drink lots of water. Do any arm exercises they give you to do to help with range of motion...sleep on your back with a few pillows to help prop you up...we were lucky to have friends cook meals for the week post surgery....I stayed two nights in the hospital following my bilat....wishing you an easy recovery...

      about 4 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar
      fastdog

      I had abdominal surgery, and was told for convenience, to wear the same clothes to the hospital that I would be wearing to go home. The less stuff you have to deal with, the better. In my case, it was a very loose "tent" style dress so it wouldn't rub on the staples. You would probably want something like an "artist" type, button up smock. Before my surgery, the hospital told me every little thing to do, such as, get someone to drive you and pick you up, and what recovery would be like. I didn't have anyone stay with me, it was a 12 hour surgery and we lived pretty far away from the hospital, and I did just fine without anyone advocating for me for the 2 weeks I was in the hospital. I would imagine you wouldn't be driving for a couple of weeks, mine was 6 weeks. So if you live alone, stock up on easy to prepare food and maybe some movies. I wasn't able to concentrate on a book for a while. Good luck, you will do just fine and it will be over before you know it.

      about 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar
      gwendolyn

      I'm chiming in late here but you should plan on wearing button-down or zip-front tops for a while after surgery. Pulling things over your head may be difficult. During my recovery I ordered a bunch of loose-fitting, inexpensive button-down shirts online. When you can drive may depend on when you are able to wean off pain Rx which is difficult to predict.

      about 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I was told to have someone with me for at leasts 12 hours after the out patient proceedures that I had. My doctor told me I was to sign no legal docuements after surgery (not even checks) my son a lawyer said that this was true also that I was not to operate any machinery this included stoves. This was because of the anesthetic it seems that It wore off in degrees and one might think that it it had worn off but it had worn off completely.

      about 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I was told to have someone with me for at leasts 12 hours after the out patient proceedures that I had. My doctor told me I was to sign no legal docuements after surgery (not even checks) my son a lawyer said that this was true also that I was not to operate any machinery this included stoves. This was because of the anesthetic it seems that It wore off in degrees and one might think that it it had worn off but it had worn off completely.

      about 4 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      Your doctors office can give you specific instructions about recovery.
      But you should wear loose, comfortable clothing. Leave valuables at home. They would take my wedding ring or give it to my husband, so I just got in the habit of leaving it home. Don't forget slippers or socks, you may have to get up to use the bathroom while you are waiting for surgery.

      about 4 years ago
    • Onoi11's Avatar
      Onoi11

      Soft cotton or flannel top that opens in the front if you are having a mastectomy.

      about 4 years ago
    • cher598's Avatar
      cher598

      You ask about a support group--The hospital you are going to may have one.--Check with them. Mine had one. All the advice you were already given on here was very good. Just take some one with you so they can drive. I think they gave me socks to wear at the hospital. I cannot give you advice on a mastectomy--I had a lumpectomy. Just make sure you follow their Intructions, and take care of yourself--Alao do not be afraid to ask THEM questions.

      about 4 years ago
    • TammyF's Avatar
      TammyF

      one of the first things they do when you check in , is give you hospital clothes to put on, they will bag up all of your belongings and put your name on it, keep all jewlery at home. Where like someone else said loose fitting clothes, it is more of a concern of what you wear home anything easy to put on like button up shirt and pull up pants, nothing where you have to lift hands over your head to is tight fitting, slip on shoes is also a good suggestion. Good luck tomorrow, try to relax and have confident in your doctors, they are trained for this. I hope you have someone there that loves you to hold your hand, if not feel the love from all of us here

      about 4 years ago
    • TammyF's Avatar
      TammyF

      you will need a ride home, call a cab if no one is available to drive you home

      about 4 years ago

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