Myomectomy Pre-Op advice needed

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Hi all,

I've not posted in a while, but been reading everyone's contributions and the forum continues to be a real lifeline. I've got an open myomectomy vertical incision scheduled for next Thursday and am in full on preparation mode.

I have a 20cm and 8cm fibroid that didn't respond at all to a 3 month course of Esmya, hence need for vertical rather than bikini incision. I had expected that was the case as I didn't have any side effects from the Esmya. Although my consultant says my chances of an emergency hysterectomy are increased given the size and complexity, I feel like I'm mentally prepared as much as possible so focusing on practical prep.

So, I was looking for any advice in terms of what I need to take to the hospital or prep for the first few weeks. In particular has anyone used V or U pillows and also abdominal binders or compression pants?

Any links to checklists and the like will also be much appreciated as I'm going google blind at this point!! I'm an avid to do list maker so playing to my strength here and distracting my mind from the op!

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    Hi Laura,

    I completely get where you are coming from, I'm due a myomectomy in 5 weeks time. I am also looking for tips for a smooth recovery and prep before hand. Checkout YouTube, I have been watching videos of several women's experiences. Most mention using a pillow to support your abdomin if you want to move/cough. Peppermint tea to aid in digestion and reduce gassiness which causes pain. Circulation socks to avoid dvt. Pack extra knickers, pads, a nightgown you are comfortable in, slippers, inspirational book or magazines, Peppermint tea, lavender oil to help for sleep.

    Buts that's all I have so far......

    If anybody else can add to the list that would be awesome, I sure it would help a lot of us.

    All the best Laura, I'm sure it will go well

    Q xx

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    Definitely peppermint tea, that is a must. And a pillow for the car journey home to put between you and the seatbelt. Sanitary towels for when you get home and buy some big pants that are maybe a size or two bigger than what you usually wear.

    Good luck ladies. It's definitely worth it!

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    Thank you so much for all your tips and suggestions everyone, I think I've got everything I need now. 😊

    Have turned the spare room into my prep space with loose fitting clothes, big oversized pants, mags, mint tea, gum, painkillers, cushions galore etc! I've also downloaded a load a films (old favourites & new ones) and audiobooks, for when I don't feel like reading.

    I have also got an abdominal binder and some compression pants recommended through hister sisters site. I'll post back here on how I get on with these and if they help with getting up and about. Think I may need to wait a week or two before trying them though.

    I'm also lucky I found a friend who gave birth this year had a U pillow to lend me, so I'll give that a whirl. She highly recommended it looking after a delicate tummy area. I gave it a quick test when I got home today and almost dozed off - so it must be good!!

    I've had my pre-op assessment, which was pretty quick and painless, And so with one day to go, all I have to do is pack my bag, relax and hope my husband survives the role reversal for a few weeks and the cat won't sulk too much about being banned from the bedroom at night.

    Good luck michell18088, I hope your journey is a smooth one, whichever route you go.

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