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What to bring

If you are traveling to see us, and are planning to stay a few days, here are some tips on what to bring with you

  • Wet wipes without alcohol.
  • Tylenol, ibuprofen, or your favorite over the counter analgesic. You will get a prescription for something stronger, but you may find that these over the counter analgesics are all that is needed, or you may want to combine them with the prescription analgesic.
  • A stool softener, like Colace; and/or a laxative, like milk of magnesia
  • A cushion if you have been finding one to be helpful when you sit. Dr Immerman does not specifically recommend that you use one of these, but if you already have one,  you may want to use it while traveling here. You may not need it after surgery.
  • Some woven gauze 4×4 sponges. You will be given some when you leave the hospital, but you may need more as the days go by. The important characteristic of the sponges is that they are WOVEN with a loose weave, so the absorb moisture quickly and allow air circulation (see images below).
  • Loose clothing and sleepwear.
  •  Any medications you take on a regular basis.
  • The recommended vitamins, supplements, and a probiotic.
  •  Your insurance cards and photo ID.
  •  Your favorite pillow.
  • Diversions to keep you occupied post op.
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer for you and your traveling companions, now that we have to deal with COVID-19.
A product like this, available on Amazon, is a good type of gauze to use. Most pharmacies have something like this as well.
Note the open, coarse weave of the sponge.