Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery ERAS
Our female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery ERAS program is designed to help patients return to health more quickly after undergoing surgery.
- Make this an ideal surgical experience for you, the patient.
- Incorporate innovative pain medications to improve your postoperative pain control while decreasing your narcotic needs.
- Prevent potential surgical and anesthesia complications.
- Reduce the amount of time you are in the hospital after surgery.
- Decrease the likelihood of having to return to the hospital after discharge.
- Your surgeon will meet with you to explain surgical plans and set your expectations for surgery.
- We will provide instructions for surgery and medications via a phone call before surgery. You may also be scheduled for an appointment in our Pre-Surgical Testing Clinic to meet with our anesthesia team or have blood work drawn.
- We may request testing from your other physicians.
- Call our Pre-Surgical Testing Clinic with any questions: 214-633-4202.
- Lifestyle modification:
- We encourage you to stop smoking and/or consuming alcohol for one month prior to surgery.
- We encourage you increase your physical activity prior to surgery.
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet and remain hydrated.
- On the night before surgery, do not eat solid foods after 11 p.m.
- Follow any instructions directly from your surgeon.
- You can drink clear liquids (such as water, Gatorade, or Sprite) until two hours before your surgery start time.
- In the pre-op area, you will receive non-narcotic pain medications (acetaminophen and celecoxib) to improve your postoperative pain.
- You will receive general anesthesia and be completely asleep during the procedure.
- Your anesthesia team will monitor you very closely while you are asleep and will insert additional intravenous (IV) lines if necessary.
- You will receive multiple medications during surgery to treat pain and prevent nausea.
- We have designed a specific and tailored anesthetic protocol to decrease the stress on your body, improve pain control, and accelerate your recovery.
- A nerve block might be placed during the procedure. This is designed to decrease your postoperative pain and need for IV and oral pain medications.
- You will wake up in our Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
- You will be asked to chew gum and ice chips and drink clear liquids to help with recovery of bowel function.
- You will be given an incentive spirometer to help you take deep breaths.
- Depending on your surgeon and procedure, you might go home the same day of surgery or be admitted to the hospital.
- Starting on the day of your surgery, we encourage you to get out of bed and walk with help from your nurse.
- Try to increase the distance and frequency of your walks each day; doing so will help your bowel function return to normal, prevent deconditioning, and speed up your recovery.
- Unless instructed otherwise by your nurse or surgeon, you will be able to eat a normal diet the day of your surgery. Continue to chew gum or hard candy as well.
- You will take scheduled non-opioid pain medications during your recovery and have narcotic medications available for breakthrough pain if necessary.