Hospital Stay FAQs

Is a blood transfusion required?
Infrequently. If needed, it’s usually given after surgery to promote healing.
What is thrombophlebitis and is it preventable?
Thrombophlebitis, also called deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is undesired blood clotting in veins, especially of the calf and pelvis, due to prolonged ambulation. It can cause a condition called pulmonary embolism (PE) if pieces of the clot break off from the calf and get impacted in the lung. Preventive measures will be taken, including:
  • Early ambulation
  • Special stockings
  • Blood thinners
  • Pulsatile boots
What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Basic toiletries (comb, toothbrush, etc.) and clothing may be provided by the hospital, but most people prefer to bring their own. Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off. Keep in mind your incision may cause clothes to be stained by blood or other body fluids.

Other ideas:

  • Reading and writing materials
  • Bathrobe
  • Diet manual
  • Incentive Spirometer (given to you at your pre-op visit)