I had the swabs done too - up the nose, in the armpit and groin - and also the special wash to use for about 3 or 4 days before and 2 days after. Had to use it to wash my hair too but it makes a horrible shampoo! Had to then repeat it all as didn't get clear margins so had 2nd surgery. Different hospitals have different ideas. I was at The Royal Marsden in Sutton. Hope your op all goes well. Michelle xx
Oooo I had swabs done for mrsa before surgery....groin area and underarms I think....but my memory fails about before surgery. lol I know they said I was mrsa free, therefore no special washing stuff was needed. I was surprised as we tend to pass MRSA around from my Dad, who has loads of carers and gets it on his skin periodically.
Helena & Raitchr, no lotion or stuff to wash with for me, oh well, don't think I will lose any sleep over it.
Got safely out the other side!
I recall speaking to my best friend about it and she asked if I had swabs taken and been given something to wash with, some sort of lotion, to do with mrsa and I said no. She had a hysterectomy done 4 years ago and was sent home with a bag full of stuff to use before her op. I had nothing like that
Mine took 3 1/2 hours!!! Was the week before the op. Ditto everything that has been said, except no lotion. Also had a chest x-ray. Didn't take hubby, yes too much waiting around which was what took the time. Also met the Breast Care Nurse who frightened me silly with loads of chemotherapy talk - which I didn't need in the end, so don't panic if you do get told all about this. I was taking bp tablets at the time, and getting stressed out had forgotten to take it that morning, consequently bp was sky high and had to be taken 4 times to get a reasonable reading. I'd never had an op before so it all seemed daunting, but it really isn't. YOu will get through all this, keep in touch with this forum, which is marvellous with fantastic caring people. Hugs. xxx
Mine pre op was the same, called by different nurses from a waiting room, returned there and then called by another until all ticked off on the list.
I was also given some lotion to wash with for 5 days and cream to put up my nose again for 5 days to prevent mrsa. I only got 2 days notice as had cancellation so only showered with lotion 1 day then wasn't allowed to shower after op for 3 days so chucked it in bin.
Questionnaire took longest to fill in and nurse went through each question, 4 x A4 pages.
Take your list of prescription meds so you know name and doses.
They also gave me a urine bottle to fill on day of op.
Take a good book or magazine to keep you occupied.
I went on my own and was done in 2 hours.
Hi Melia, nurse needs to complete a big booklet full of info on you, so pointless having someone there. My hubby sat around, but then took me to lunch! My pre op was after I'd seen my consultant so glad hubby was with me for that, all a bit much to take in.
Take your prescription with you so the meds can be noted . You will be told what meds you can / cannot take before your op.
yes, height and weight to work out anaesthetic dosage.
Yes, swabs from nasal and groin to ensure you don't have MRSI.
Yes, blood work done too. Need blood group, and also check oxygen levels of blood, and liver and kidney functions too.
Soon be on your way. Sending a big hug. X
I had blood pressure taken, bloods done, lungs checked and each. I then had to go ultra sound for a wire to be put in and and injection ready for tracer dye. Also signed my consent form. There about 2 hrs and no time to get bored. Different hospitals might do things different. Had my pre op on Thursdays 16th of March and op on 17th March. Home same day and wounds glued but that is the way the surgeon I had does things. Readings other post depending on your location things differ. I LIVE in south Wales and had my surgery at the royal Glamorgan.
Blimey what a difference to mine, interesting that you say about the swabs, they never did anything like that at mine, it does make you wonder again, how each hospital differs
At mine they did height, weight, blood pressure, ECG, and will take some bloods as well. There is quite a long health questionnaire that they go through with you. I was there for about 2 hours, but that included waiting between seeing different nurses etc., It is tedious but has to be done. I would take a good book with you