Melbourne Urologists Speak About Bladder Surgery Preparation
Whether you will undergo a surgical procedure to treat incontinence or cancer, there are certain measures and precautions that apply in all situations where bladder surgery is required.
Hospital stay preparation
According to bladder surgery Melbourne experts, spending at least a night in the hospital is mandatory once the procedure is completed. The stay may be prolonged. A sure sign of recovery is the ability to eat regular food on your own, without any problem. Any walking and eating difficulties or fever will require more hospitalisation time. This isn’t always about complications, but about the body’s own ability to heal. When you are healed, you are completely able to take care of yourself and even return home by car.
Considering eliminating smoking habit
Not only that smoking causes harm to your heart and lungs, but it also has a direct negative effect on urinary health. Post-surgery, it can lead to prolapse and incontinence, which is why it’s important to consider quitting it before the procedure. Give yourself enough time to accomplish this. Also, keep in mind that Melbourne urology clinics won’t allow smoking, so you may have a hard time when you’re still addicted.
Before the surgery, patients are required to have a chest X-Ray done, as well as blood tests. It all varies depending on the patient’s age, physical fitness and existing conditions, which determine their ability to handle the stress of surgery and convalescence. Also, a meeting with the anesthesiologist may be scheduled.
It may come as a surprise, but it may be required to donate blood before the surgery. This will be collected and given back to the patient during the surgical process. The method minimises the risk of getting an infection because of germs in another donor’s blood. Do not be afraid in any case, the needed blood quantity will be minimal, as there is rarely any significant blood loss during bladder surgery.
Surgery day precautions
On the day of the surgery, the rules are very strict and there is no room for compromising. Drinks (even water) and food are completely forbidden starting with the night before the procedure. If the doctor allows it, you can certainly have your medications with a sip of water, as prescribed. If you are diabetic, you must mention this to your doctor, in order to receive special advice. You will also be given preparative medication. It’s also recommended to have someone close be with you at the hospital, like a friend or a trusted relative.
Preparing the recovery
It is important to think and plan your recovery ahead. You must make sure you have everything that’s needed. Recovering women must avoid using tampons until complete healing is achieved. Sanitary napkins and minipads are allowed. There might be additional, non-menstruation related spotting and that should not worry you, unless it turn to bright red bleeding.