Unfortunately, surgery is something that every endometriosis patient has to endure in order to find lasting relief for her symptoms. The phrase many doctors use to introduce surgery, “Well, let’s go in and take a look” sounds simple enough, but there are deeper implications of what that means to the patient.
I just recently had my 6th endometriosis surgery, an endometriosis excision with Dr. Seckin. The idea of having surgery means something very different to me now than when I first learned I had to have my appendix out almost a decade ago. I don’t know if it that I have gotten better at having surgery or it is just that I now have a better surgeon, but these past couple of recoveries have been a lot smoother overall. I also attribute my post-op success to knowing what to expect during surgery and being able to physically and mentally prepare for it.
Here are 5 things I do before every surgery:
- Get my body ready: My past surgery was an extensive one, so I wanted to make sure I was in the best shape possible going in. I tried to go for walks when I felt up for it just to get my body moving and feeling strong. I made sure I drank at least 64 ounces of water every day starting two weeks before the surgery to be nice and hydrated.