20 Oct Tips To Prepare For Your Open Myomectomy
It’s hard to know what to expect or how to prepare when you’re going into an open myomectomy surgery. If you’re anything like me, then you want every tip possible– to ease your mind and help you get back to 100% as quickly as possible. Here’s a collection of things I wish I knew prior to my surgery and I wanted to share them with you!
- Do your research! Explore all the risks and options, because that’s key to having peace of mind when going in for your surgery. There are many resources online that could help with your research, but here are a few websites that I suggest: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/myomectomy/about/pac-20384710 and https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/myomectomy#qampa
- Make sure you have someone to take you and pick you up from the hospital. The first week after surgery you’ll be sore and have limited mobility, so if you’ve got someone that can be with you for a few days following the surgery, that’s ideal. I was in the hospital for 3 days and 2 nights, but an open myomectomy requires at least a one-night stay in the hospital.
- Pillows and ice packs were my best friends throughout the journey. After surgery, doing little things like coughing, sneezing, and laughing can be extremely uncomfortable. Here’s a tip: hold a pillow to your belly while doing those things and it’s almost like magic how much instant relief you feel. Also, I naturally sleep on my side and/or my belly. Post-surgery I had to sleep on my back, which was very uncomfortable for me. I was able to surround myself with pillows, creating additional support around me, making it easier for me to sleep.
- Ice packs helped to relieve my soreness. In the beginning I would use them between pain medicine treatments, but eventually I stopped taking the medicine and was using the ice packs as my sole source for pain relief.
- This might seem obvious, but take care of your household chores prior to surgery. Finish your laundry, clean your kitchen, clean your bathrooms, and anything else you need done to be comfortable. Like I mentioned earlier, you’ll have limited mobility, so these aren’t things you’ll likely feel like doing for a little while after surgery.
- You’ll want to wear loose fitting clothes that don’t agitate the surgical area. Prior to my surgery, I bought underwear that was looser and softer and comfy dresses to wear, and honestly, it was one of the best decisions I made.
- Meal prep for the week following surgery. You shouldn’t be on any dietary restrictions following the procedure. By the next day, I had my full appetite and was ready to eat my typical diet. However, just because you want to eat, doesn’t mean you’ll have the energy or desire to cook. Go ahead and do that work so all you have to do is reheat your prepared meal.
- Prior to surgery, do what brings you peace! Whether that’s prayer, meditation, yoga, or other, the choice is yours—just make sure you’re in the right emotional, mental, and spiritual space.
So hopefully you find these tips useful! If you have any tips from your myomectomy surgery, I would love for you to share them! Let’s keep the conversation going!