Day of Your Tubal Reversal
What to Expect the Day of Your Tubal Reversal
Chloe Slattery, RN, MSN
CHSC Nursing Supervisor
On The Morning Of Tubal Reversal Surgery:
Shower and wash entire abdominal area with HIBICLENS® soap. If you are having a screening laparoscopy, wash in and around your belly button with HIBICLENS® soap as well. Ensure artificial nails and fingernail polish have been removed. Scrub fingernails using HIBICLENS® soap. Do not shave pubic hair, as this will be done in the operating room if necessary. Take Zantac 150 mg with a sip of water one hour before your scheduled arrival time. Do not eat or drink on the morning of surgery! Do not smoke. Do not chew gum or any type of mint or candy as this can increase gastric secretions. Brush your teeth but do not swallow water. Do not wear lotion, perfume, or make-up.
Before arrival to the surgical center please remove contact lenses and all jewelry, body piercings, and metal hairpins or clips. Use a sanitary pad rather than a tampon if you are having any menstrual flow. Failure to follow these instructions could result in the cancellation of your surgery.
Unless instructed otherwise, please do not plan to arrive at the Surgical Center prior to 7 AM. A responsible adult (18 or older) must accompany you to the Surgical Center on the day of surgery and must remain with you during your recovery. Please make prior childcare arrangements since children are not allowed in the Surgical Center on the day of surgery. The adult that accompanies you will need to be present during your post-op care in order to review discharge instructions and therefore, will not be able to attend to children. Since your responsible adult will not be able to leave the facility while you are here, have him or her bring a snack and reading materials to have during their wait.
A nurse will accompany you to the pre-op area where you will change into a surgical gown, booties and hair cover and the nurse will give you pre-op medications. Most patients like to bring warm socks to wear into the operating room and choose loose, comfortable clothing to put on after surgery.
An IV will be started during the check in time. We will make this process as comfortable as possible. We use a local anesthetic that will numb the IV insertion site so that discomfort from the IV can be minimized. Someone from our anesthesia staff will also talk with you and will listen to your heart and lungs.
Most procedures will take approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours. However, it is not always possible to predict how long an individual surgery will take. If a procedure lasts longer than predicted it may increase the waiting time for patients who are scheduled later in the morning. We will provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere for you while waiting for your surgery. You may want to bring a book or other reading material in case there is a wait.
During Tubal Reversal Surgery:
You will be allowed to walk to the operating room when it is time for your surgery. Someone from our staff will accompany you and assist you to a comfortable position on the operating table. A safety strap will be placed across your hips and a pillow will be placed beneath your knees for comfort. We will also place several monitors on your upper torso and forehead. This process is all painless, although we realize it may seem frightening. We will explain each step in the process in an effort to decrease nervousness and so that you will feel informed.
In The Recovery Room:
When you wake up, you will be in the recovery room. You will still be attached to monitors and you may have an oxygen mask in place. Although most patients are comfortable at this point, we will assess your pain level to see if you require pain medications. Please let us know if you are feeling uncomfortable or nauseated and we will make every effort to ensure you are comfortable.
Recovery time is usually 1-2 hours. After this observation period, a nurse will assist you in getting dressed and help you to a recliner where you will be given clear liquids to drink and be able to talk with your tubal reversal surgeon prior to discharge back to your hotel or home. You will be required to urinate before you leave the facility.
Watch Video - Meet Our Staff
Staff members at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center introduce themselves. We want you to know who we are and what we do to give you the best medical care you have ever had. Our nurses and anesthesia staff are specially trained in caring for patients having their tubes untied. With only four or five patients to take care of each day, we provide the most concentrated and personalized care. You can read more about us and the testimonials that patients send us about their experiences at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center.