Preparing for surgery and recovery

As you prepare for surgery, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you’ve received, and it’s easy to forget what you’ve been told. Our gynecologic oncology staff created these videos. Watch them to review instructions for your procedure and recovery.

Overview of endometrial cancer surgery
Gynecologic oncologist Dr. Kathleen Yang explains how you prepare for endometrial cancer surgery: what to expect before, during and after the procedure, and how robotic surgery can lead to a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

Preparing for laparoscopic surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a less invasive procedure than open surgery and patients are generally able to go home the same day. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for your procedure and what to keep in mind during recovery.

Overview of open surgery for pelvic mass
Determining whether a pelvic mass is cancerous or benign requires surgery. Dr. Kathleen Yang explains the planning process and what patients can expect before, during and after surgery.

Preparing for open surgery
Open surgery requires a larger incision and more time for recovery. Follow these steps leading up to your procedure, and consider these recommendations for the first few weeks of recovery.

Lovenox injections
Lovenox is an anticoagulant that reduces the chance of a blood clot forming in the leg veins (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). Learn how to self inject the medication at home with pre-filled syringes.

Vulvar care
To prevent infection, good hygiene is especially important after vulvar surgery. Dr. Kathleen Yang demonstrates how to use a sitz bath, squirt bottle and other items to keep the area clean while at home or at work.