What to Pack for Laparoscopic Surgery
I had never been in hospital before my first laparoscopy, so when it came to packing my hospital bag, I had no idea what I needed! Over the years, and several surgeries down, I’ve learned what to pack - and what to leave at home.
I hope this guide will help you with packing for your endometriosis surgery.
- Bag - Ensure your bag is big enough to fit everything you need to carry. I also fully recommend a bag that’s wipeable!
- Current medications - You may be asked to pack these into a separate carrier bag provided by the hospital at your pre-assessment.
- Dressing gown - You will have to wear a hospital gown for your surgery and these are open-backed! So, to save your modesty on the walk to theatre, make sure you pack a robe that covers your bum!
- Slippers - A word of warning, some hospitals request slippers with a back and won’t allow you to wear slip ons for health and safety reasons.
- Sanitary pads - Bleeding post-surgery is common so pack plenty of pads just in case. The hospital can provide these but they will be very thick ones. I wouldn't suggest using tampons though.
- Clothes for the journey home - Don’t make the mistake I made with my first surgery and only pack jeans! What a mistake! Your tummy will be swollen and very tender so you will need something soft and comfortable to wear. But, don’t be embarrassed to wear your pajamas home!
- Lip balm - My lips are always really dry after surgery!
- Wet wipes - To freshen up or clean yourself without the need for a full wash.
If you have to stay overnight
- Phone and charger
- Toiletries - Try to minimize the products you take into the hospital with you. You’ll just need the essentials: something to wash your face, body, and possibly hair (if you have an extended stay), a toothbrush, toothpaste, moisturizer, and deodorant. Try to carry travel size and 2-in-1 products where you can to save space.
- Underwear - “Granny” style full briefs are my personal go-to because they sit high enough on my waist to not press on anything, but they can also be worn low so they don’t touch my tummy at all. Make sure you pack a few extra pairs of pants in case of leakages. You may also want to take some fluffy slipper socks to keep your feet warm.
- Nightwear - Post-surgery, a nightdress is probably the most comfortable clothing you can wear. However, a pair of loose pajama bottoms worn low on the hips is fine.
- Medical paperwork - Though not essential, it’s helpful to have this to hand.
- Eye mask and earplugs - Hospital wards do not make for a peaceful night's sleep!
- Headphones - To listen to music or watch videos on your phone.
- Peppermint - The hospital should be able to provide you with peppermint tea to help relieve any gas pain, but you could also try peppermint capsules.
- Cash - It’s helpful to carry a little cash for parking or any extras you might require.
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