PRE & POST-OP SUPPLY LIST---add your list or ideas

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Re: PRE & POST-OP SUPPLY LIST---add your list or ideas

#46 Postby GS839 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:18 am

Hospital checklist.... things to remember ....

Going into hospital for an operation can be a very daunting experience. Fear and worry can make us forget the most simple but necessary things and I personally would have been grateful for a last minute check list of items I may have needed for my stay.
For this reason I have devised this easy tick chart in order to assist anybody who may have to stay overnight in hospital.

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Things to remember

Make a note of any last minute questions you may have regarding your stay or your surgery
Mobile phone, charger or money for a pay phone (your lifeline to the outside world)
Money for drinks and food from the ward trolley
Money for TV cards or phone top ups (if available )
Nightwear: something with easy access for IV drips and that is comfortable to sleep and rest in
Slippers (hospital floors can be cold and dirty)
Underwear (for dignity)
A dressing gown (for the middle of the night toilet trips)
Bathing essentials (towels and flannels)
Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner (if required)
Hair brush or comb (if required)
Hair ties if you have long hair (these can be useful when you are unable to wash your hair)
Toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash
Tissues, baby wipes and facial wipes (for a quick freshen up when you are unable to get out of bed)
Flip flops (they are non-slip and they keep your feet free from other peoples germs)
Antibacterial wipes to clean your own table tops, cupboards and toilet seat (vital with NHS cleaners or should I say lack of them)
Bottle of water to drink
IPod, games console and chargers, crosswords, magazines, papers, books, pen (these help to relieve boredom, help to divert your attention from any pain and can aid sleep)
Reading glasses (if required)
Any medication you take regularly (e.g inhalers, antihistamines as these will not be provided during your hospital stay)
Spare clothing, jacket or jumpers in case you venture outside the ward
Last but not least a pillow, teddy, blanket, lucky charm or anything that may bring you comfort whilst being away from home

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Re: PRE & POST-OP SUPPLY LIST---add your list or ideas

#47 Postby slb1982 » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:16 pm

It is now Sunday night and I had my SARPE surgery last week Tuesday morning, so this was day 6 of my recovery week. Last week I posted a list of everything I was getting together before the surgery, but I just wanted to pop back in and tell you what I ended up needing the most. I REALLY NEEDED a few things that weren't even on my list, and I did use everything on my previous list EXCEPT the qtips & saline solution (my nose only bled once after surgery, so I didn't need those to clean out my nose. I just used a little kleenex)

VERY IMPORTANT ITEMS I USED THE FIRST WEEK:

Children's Liquid Ibuprofen (SO Helpful! I took throughout each day and also with my prescription painkiller at night)
Sudafed nasal decongestant tablets (I need these for the first 5 days or my nose would drip and get congested)
Baby spoon (because I couldn't open my mouth very far to eat)
Lots of paper towel for wiping my mouth
Carmex chapstick (in round container, so I could apply it with my finger)

The most important items for my 6-hour car ride home after surgery:

camera (to document my recovery)
small garbage can and liner (for throwing up) (I did throw up once because I was nauseous from the IV, but I did NOT throw up blood or anything)
papertowel/kleenex for wiping drool
wet wipes for cleaning off my face
handheld mirror
2 medium-sized ice bags & ice (for my face) (Brand I used: Faultless) (sold on Amazon)
neck pillow & also a regular pillow
towel laying over me

On day 3 I started using some heat instead of just cold, and Brandy's rice socks were ESSENTIAL!!! (I used about 1 3/4 cup white rice PER sock, and microwaved for about 2 minutes). They feel so good on my face. I also am still sleeping upright in a recliner.

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#48 Postby lukeaj » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:43 am

Brilliant list! I found what I needed more than anything was things to break up the days during recovery... So plenty of documentaries! I made the mistake of watching 'An Idiot Abroad' which caused me jaw pain haha.

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#49 Postby theman » Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:10 am

[quote="slb1982"]
Carmex chapstick (in round container, so I could apply it with my finger)[/quote]

Seconding this. The only thing that caught me by surprise during the recovery process was the ridiculously dry, chapped lips. Also, apply the Carmex (or bag balm) liberally to the corners of your lips. Those spots decided to break and hurt like hell for the first several days for me.

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#50 Postby Corrinne » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:16 am

I don't think anyone has put this one on... (Sorry if I'm wrong)...

But it is something I have found to be the most useful during my recovery so far

A Neti Pot for nasal irrigation.

If you had a drip going through your nose or it is blocked then it will be useful.

Many people having orthognathic surgery also have some additional sinus treatment (commonly a septoplasty or turbinectomy or rhinoplasty) I had all!

So if you aren't allowed to blow your nose then try nasal irrigation.

It has worked for me, it flushes out all the mucous and blood clots and makes me feel so much less stuffy.

But do check with your doctor that it ok first!
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#51 Postby BabyJaws » Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:55 pm

Hello Folks,

This is very useful, my op is in two weeks and i'm just starting to think about what I will need to take to hospital with me as well as things I will need at home when in recovery. I'm so happy I found this forum.

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#52 Postby lissybear22 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:11 am

It's been a bit since anybody added anything new to this topic, but I wanted to note that it is extremely helpful and useful!!!

I have never used a nettie pot before - but am aware of them and the way they work. Would you recommend that a person become proficient with the use, prior to the orthognathic surgery, if they hoped to use it afterward??

Though I have not yet had the surgery, I was thinking it may also be useful to bring a music playing device... for many people this would be their cell phone. I have a relaxing music application on mine, that I think will help me sleep that night in the hospital.

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#53 Postby oimysizex » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:36 am

This is a VERY informative thread. I don't think you can be too prepared, I'd rather have too many supplies than missing something i really needed.
My surgery isnt too far off and im going to start preparing in the next few weeks/months
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#54 Postby MeyerLemon » Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:43 pm

[quote="Corrinne"]I don't think anyone has put this one on... (Sorry if I'm wrong)...

But it is something I have found to be the most useful during my recovery so far

[u][color=#FF0080]A Neti Pot for nasal irrigation. [/color][/u]


But do check with your doctor that it ok first![/quote]

CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR! I just had a consult and asked about a neti pot for this exact reason, and they said absolutely not.

This is a fantastic thread, though. I think. It has actually almost scared me off the idea of surgery, tiny airway or not.

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#55 Postby Melusine » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:07 am

I felt so poorly that I didn't get to use hardly anything I brought for the 3+ days I was in the hospital.

I wish I had brought the jaw bra with me, however. Ever since I got home I have been using it, and it is a lifesaver. I think it has helped with my swelling. I've continued to use the jobst face sling as well, hoping that pressure will provide some pain relief as well as continue to keep any swelling down.

Any recommendations on pillows out there? It seems like I can't get comfortable, and when I go to sleep I immediately shift into a side laying position.

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#56 Postby Melusine » Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:17 am

Oh, I did want to say though - the humidifier is a must have. I didn't think I would need it, but I did. We had two before we moved and they are missing, so my husband got a really nice filter free VICKS brand humidifier (no Vicks in there for us). I love it. I thought a lot of my nasal discomfort at first was just because of the intubation and then not being able to blow my nose, but I actually think a lot of it is numbness and sensation loss, which makes my nose feel tight. The humidifier doesn't help with the numbness directly, but I know it has helped with the upper airway dryness I did have immediately after surgery. Using normal saline spray and vaseline has helped too.

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#57 Postby UnevenJAG » Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:14 am

Haven't had my surgery yet, but in reading someone's blog who had, she used nighttime nasal strips after her surgery, you know like the ones that help you stop snoring. Apparently in the first week when you're having trouble breathing through your nose at night due to both blockage/swelling, the strips help keep your nasal passages open. In the blog the lady checked it with her doctor if she was ok to use them and he couldn't see why not.
Sounds like a pretty useful one to me.
Also found a great website that sell something called caddy wraps - I'd recommend that immensely.
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#58 Postby gogorick » Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:51 pm

thanks for all the info guys. If I get surgery this will def help

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#59 Postby deathorglory » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:40 pm

How early do you guys think I should start accumulating the surgery care stuff? I'm about 6 months out (surgery supposedly in February?) and have been reading everything I can get my grubby little hands on...!!!!

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#60 Postby UnevenJAG » Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:23 am

deathorglory I purchased my caddy wrap 4 months ago and my surgery isn't for another year lol! I got a bit ahead of myself but hey at least I'm prepared :-) will look at getting my blender in a few months, thinking of getting the magic bullet
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