Preparing for Tubal Reversal Surgery
This checklist will help ensure your successful preparation for and recovery after your tubal reversal by Dr. Monteith. You can print this page and mark off each item on the timeline as you complete them.
When surgery date is scheduled
- Within 24 hours of your scheduling phone call, return a signed and dated copy of the Patient Confirmation letter, Patient Requirements, Patient Responsibilities Statement, and the completed Registration Packet. You may return these documents to our office by fax or by scanning and emailing documents to BusinessOffice@tubal-reversal.net
- Pre-operative lab test results are due in our office at least three (3) weeks before your surgery date. Testing should be performed within 48 hours of scheduling surgery. The lab results are valid for 90 days and should only be done within 90 days of your surgery date.
- Additional pre-operative testing may be required for patients who have certain medical problems. If you have questions about your pre-op lab test results, then contact us by phone or email.
- Make reservations at either the Hyatt House Raleigh North Hills or one of the alternative hotels listed on our website. For more information: Where to Stay During Reversal Surgery With A Personal Choice
- Do not make reservations by calling the hotel. To obtain the special rates reserved for the patients of Dr. Monteith you should only make your hotel reservations using the hotel reservation link you will be emailed after your scheduling phone call.
- Find a local physician who can assist you with Early Pregnancy Monitoring when you become pregnant. We recommend you schedule an appointment with this physician within the first month after your surgery to discuss early pregnancy monitoring. After your surgery is completed, Dr. Monteith will send medical recommendations and a copy of your operative note to your local physician.
- Avoid hormonal medication and anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin), and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve). Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is an acceptable over-the-counter pain medication during the three (3) weeks before your surgery.
- Avoid herbal supplements, green tea, and diet pills.
One week before surgery
- If you have not scheduled an appointment after surgery with a local physician then you should do so at this time.
- Expect a confirmation phone call from a staff member to answer any last minute questions you may have and to review surgical policies. You will be asked to confirm your hotel reservations at this time.
- Provide staff member with your doctor’s contact information so Dr. Monteith may send medical recommendations and a copy of your records immediately after your surgery.
Three days before surgery
- Start daily washing of abdomen with HIBICLENS® soap.
- Remove finger nail polish and any type of artificial finger nails.
When you leave for Raleigh, North Carolina
- Bring the following: loose clothing, warm socks, bottle of Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, Motrin), and non-carbonated clear liquids for after surgery (such as tea, water, apple juice, white grape juice, lemonade without pulp) and jello. Some patients find a small pillow helpful to use for bracing or padding the incision during travel after surgery.
- Consider purchasing an abdominal binder to use for several days after surgery. This can provide some patients with more comfort after surgery. Patients who have a larger abdomen or a history of multiple abdominal surgery may be provided with more comfort after surgery with an appropriately sized abdominal binder.
Your Pre-operative Consultation: The day before your surgery
- Arrive at designated time for your pre-op consultation.
- Take prescriptions for post-operative nausea and pain medication to pharmacy to be filled.
- Eat a light dinner. Avoid fried or fatty foods.
- Do not eat or drink anything after 12 midnight.
The day of your surgery
- Shower using HIBICLENS® soap.
- Do not eat any food (even candy) or drink any liquids.
- Do not take any medication before surgery unless directed to do so by Dr. Monteith
- Do not wear make-up, perfume, jewelry (including body piercings), or contact lenses.
- Arrive at the surgery center at designated time with one (1) responsible adult.
- Do not bring children to the facility.
Your Post-operative visit: The day after your surgery
- Shower leaving the Tegaderm dressing on.
- Return to our facility for your post-operative evaluation. The nurse will remove and change the dressing for you during your visit and review post-operative recommendations.
- You will be provided a copy of your operative note and Dr. Montieth’s recommendations for after surgery.
Two days after surgery
- Expect a follow-up call from a Tubal Reversal Nurse. If your surgery is on a Thursday the nurse will conduct your follow-up call on the following Monday.
After surgery and when you have a positive pregnancy test
- You can begin to attempt to conceive as soon as you feel comfortable enough to do so.
- Do not lift anything over 15 lbs for 4 weeks after surgery.
- You can return to light work duty 7 to 10 days after surgery.
- Read the I’m Pregnant page on our website.
- When you become pregnant notify us by completing the on-line Pregnancy Report Form.
- Have your doctor order quantitative serum HCG blood twice a week to monitor your early pregnancy.
- Schedule a vaginal ultrasound exam when the HCG level is between 1500-2500.
- Keep us informed of your results by submitting a Pregnancy Update Form.
- When your baby is born let us know by submitting a Birth Report Form.
- Expect a Monteith Miracle Baby t-shirt in the mail after your birth report has been received.