How should I prepare for a laparotomy?

In the days before your procedure, you may be asked to get lab tests and a medical evaluation. Immediately before the surgery, you may also be asked to empty your bowels with an enema or in another way. You will probably also be asked to shower with a surgical scrub lotion and not to shave your abdominal area (Your medical team will shave the area). Your surgeon will also likely tell you not to eat anything after midnight on the day of your surgeries. (Not sure where to go to get your lab tests? Check out Gateway Hancock Health, where you’ll be able to get in and out quickly and pay, on average, 70% less than you’ll pay at a hospital.)

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