- A few days before the surgery, a health-care provider evaluates the woman's overall health to ensure that she is fit for the surgery.
- Several tests, such as routine blood workup, urinalysis, and electrocardiogram (ECG), may be performed a few days before the surgery.
- Before the surgery, the anesthesiologist examines the woman and reviews the test results.
- If the woman is taking any medication or is allergic to any medication, the surgeon and the anesthesiologist should be informed. The surgeon and the anesthetist should also be informed if the woman is taking any herbal supplements. Some herbal supplements, such as ginkgo, can increase a person's risk of bleeding and, therefore, should be discontinued before surgery.
- If the surgery is scheduled for early morning, the woman is required to not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night prior to the surgery.
- Showering with an antibacterial soap the night before the surgery may be required.
- A woman should follow any other instructions given by the health-care provider.
- The woman will be asked to sign a consent form stating that she understands the risks involved in the surgery. She should feel free to ask the surgeon and the anesthesiologist any questions prior to signing the consent form.
Leigh A Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS
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