So you are thinking about surgery. Maybe it is due to a medical problem or maybe you are considering cosmetic surgery.
Think about this first…
Surgery is serious. When someone cuts into you it literally opens up the fragile eco system that is your body and exposes it to errors, infections and complications.
Here are 10 things I wish I'd been told before I went in for my ednometriosis, ovarian cyst and polyp surgery that went sideways and ended up perforating my bladder.
1. The complications after surgery may be worse than the reason you went into surgery in the first place. Take this to heart because it isn't BS. It's real.
2. You could take you much more time to recover than you expected, or you may never recover. Be warned.
3. The drugs that they give you may adversely affect your body and cause you more damage than good. They may shut down your bowels, cause horrendous nausea and make you feel like you are ET and want to "Go Home".
4. If you cannot go to the bathroom after surgery under no circumstances should you be allowed to go home. Do not listen to the idea that you are simply dehydrated despite pumping you full of fluids and all your urine has magically "disappeared".
5. The surgery could affect other parts of your body that you don't expect and will most certainly affect you psyche. You could be depressed afterwards.
6. You may feel as though your intestines do not belong to you anymore and some wicked witch is squeezing them like a water balloon causing you excruciating stabbing pains, bloating and severe agony every time you move. Many people experience this after surgery for weeks on end. Going to the bathroom and going to be tortured have suddenly become synonymous.
7. You won't recognize your own body. You will be swollen, red, black, blue, bruised, puffy, itchy and may even for some weird reason have your skin peel off. This happened to me, might have been all the poison seeping out of my stomach.
8. You won't be the same. I now have a new bellybutton and scarfacebelly. Since this was a laparoscopy I expected very small scars…I have one 6 inch scar and 3 other very small scars.
9. This surgery could lead to other surgeries. Don't make the mistake I made and think that a surgery error won't happen to you. They happen.
10. Don't expect the surgery to solve all your problems. You may go through all of this for nothing. Doctors don't know everything and can't know how your body will react to the surgery.
I don't want to scare you, but then again, maybe I do. After what I went through these past weeks I would hate for anyone else to suffer the same.
How do you feel about surgery?
Would you or have you undergone elective surgery?