What to Expect on the Day of Gynaecological Surgery
If you are scheduled for gynaecological surgery, you may want to know what you can expect from the day itself. It is very important that you arrive at the clinic at the time specified in your letter. This will give both you and the surgical team a chance to prepare properly.
In most cases, you will be allowed to be accompanied to the pre op facilities by a visitor. You will then be given a gown to change into in privacy. You must also remove all your jewellery, any false eyelashes or wigs, your contact lenses or glasses, your dentures and your hearing aids. These will all be stored safely for you, although you may want to bring containers yourself.
A nurse will then come to speak to you, confirming various pieces of basic information and running you through the information she has on the operation that you are scheduled in for. Additionally, she will take some medical details from you, such as your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.
In most cases, you will also be required to do a pregnancy test and urinalysis. This is because, should you be pregnant, it may not be possible to complete the surgery. No contraceptive is 100% guaranteed to work, so even if you are convinced that you are not pregnant, you will still have to do the test.
Lastly, you will have to give details on what you have had to eat and drink and you will be asked about any allergies you may have.
The Operating Theatre
When you enter the operating room, you too probably instantly notice the temperature, which is very cold. This temperature is set so low because the lamps that will be used over the table are huge and generate a great deal of heat. When you enter the room, these will be switched off, but they will warm the room up very quickly. Additionally, the equipment worn by the surgeons and nurses, such as the gloves, gowns, hats and masks is very warm. You will be covered with a warm blanket as well.
The operating tables used during gynecological surgery tend to be very narrow. Indeed, the surgeons will probably have bodily contact with you while you are on the table. The table has an indentation, into which you will be asked to place your bottom. This is to ensure that you do not move, particularly if you have to go under general anaesthetic. You will be held in place with a safety belt and you will have a head cushion for comfort.
It is also possible that your legs will have to be placed in surgical stirrups. If you have to go under full anesthetic, your legs will generally be put there once you are anesthetized. These stirrups are far more comfortable than the ones used in office rooms, including cushions and safety belts. This is to ensure your legs do not involuntarily fall off.