Pre-op booked

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I have pre-op booked next week for cyst removal, never been in for an op before, can you tell me how long prep visit will take and what will happen?

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    Hi Dizzylizzie,

    My pre-op was a week ago and it took about three hours. It included an overall exam (blood pressure, etc), they took chest X-rays, did an EKG, took my blood, and admitted me to the hospital in advance. They did the admission and took care of the paperwork in advance, so that all I had on the day of the surgery (day before yesterday) was show-up. The surgery went well and they sent me home the same day. That is how it's done here in the US, but I think it is different in your country.

    The laparoscopy took less than an hour, where they did 4 small incisions (one in each side of my pelvis, one in my navel, and one just unnder my belly.  The incisions are about 1.5 cm, and they used no stiches, just bandaids. The anesthesia left me a little groggy for the day, but really not bad. The next day was the toughest because I had quite a bit of carbon in my stomach. They do that to expand the stomach and create more space for the surgeon to do her work. The gas finally came out last night, so I slept fairly well. I am still taking Tylenos and Oxycodon, but I'll probably stop soon.

    So, all things considered, the entire experience was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

    Hope this helps, and please keep us posted.


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    I'm in the UK and my pre-op was about an hour if that. It was a set of questions on general health, height and weight measured, a blood test and an ECG.
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