How should I prepare for my at-home recovery?

  • Ask someone to spend a few days after the surgery at home with you—especially if you live alone. 
  • Prepare to take it easy for a week or more—compile reading material or a list of movies or television shows you’d like to watch. You’ll be instructed to avoid straining, bending, or lifting for two to three weeks.
  • Know that you’ll have drains under your skin for a few days. They will remove any excess blood or fluid.
  • Prepare to be asked to wait for 48 hours after your drains are removed to shower. You may take sponge baths until then, however. (You’ll be advised not to take a bath or soak in a hot tub for about a month.)
  • Shop for groceries before your procedure and have lots of hydrating liquids and healthy foods, full of fiber and protein, on hand. 
  • Have dark towels and clothing available. They’ll absorb any leaking fluid.
  • Prepare to wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks following the procedure.
  • Expect to be sore for a few weeks. 
  • Prepare to sleep on your back with your upper body slightly elevated, which will help reduce swelling. (Sleeping in a recliner or with a stack of pillows is recommended.)

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