prep for ovarian cystectomy

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hey all!

I'm playing the waiting game waiting for my laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy for two bilateral dermoid cysts! how fun! ive got lots of the common issues. ie. bloating, pressure, having to pee every 20 mins, feeling like i have to poo, burning etc. i was wondering if theres a diet i could go on for the days leading up to the surgery to help with the bowel issues that are common post op? have any of you tried anything that worked? i was thinking liquid diet or vegan? i'm nervous and anxious but i'm trying to be proactive haha thanks everyone!

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    hey stop worrying hun ,just chill until the op your be fine xx
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      haha yeah i'm sure i'll be good. These surgeons do it for a living after all smile it's just that i already have issues with slow bowels so i was hoping a liquid diet or something high in fibre would help me out afterwards. My best friend just had laparoscopic gall bladder removal and ended up in hospital for 4 days because her bowels wouldnt start up after. thanks for the words of encouragement smile
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      After the op when I got home I used docusate, a stool softener and glycerin suppositories. Lactulose would help to get things moving too. I don't think diet helps post op.  It's the op itself, handling, no food for a day and anaesthetic slow everything down. Just eat light meals beforehand, no large greasy meals and you'll be fine as I was. Good luck, Pollyanna UK rolleyes
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    hi gretty, hope you are felling okay, im in the same position as u are now with bilateral complex cysts but still undecided whether to do a laparoscopy or laparatomy because ive been to at least 3 doctors so far and the first highly recommended laparatomy while the laparoscopy specialist would of course suggest for laparoscopy but with a risk of having to do open surgery if the cyst is too big. Im just curious to know if u know the size of your cysts and if whether the doctors still said to u tht they may need to do an incision if the cyst is big? Its been quite frustrating for me when different ultrasound test are giving different images of the cyst.
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      Mine is also about 5-6cm but recently another ultrasound sound showed tht it was about 9cm within just a month after the last scan and the dr couldnt tell whether is was both cysts combined or just one through the ultrasound. One of it is either sitting under my uterus or behind it. So im sceptical on whether a laparoscopy is safe to do under such circumstances.
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      I was told if they couldn't get it done fully via laparoscopic they would open me up...if they found cancer or the cysts were too big etc. I would assume that's what your surgeons would do as well...have u had your consult yet?
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