Two pieces of nonskid rug pad ( it kinda looks like a waffle, use under wedges to keep them from sliding around on the sofa or bed )
Narrow female urinal ( I was happy with the freshette from amazon because it directs the urine away from you and you can stand at the toilet like men do and use it. Practice with it a week or so before your surgery to get the hang of it.
Baby wipes ( I got the adult ones at walgreens because the were larger than baby wipes ) ( I used them with every bathroom use...even after the female urinal, then blow dried everything ).
Raised toilet seat with arms( optional, I couldn't sit on the toilet for six weeks, but the raised arms came in handy - practice hovering for number two, use female urinal for number one. Sorry so graphic, but I wish someone had told me this beforehand.
Foam for sofa to heighten it ( running the length of the sofa ) ( the divided sofa cushions get uncomfortable on your butt and back after awhile ) ( I bought a four inch thick piece that was already cut for sofa upholstering - if you need to cut it, use an electric knife ) ( low sofas and chairs are not your friend because of having to bend your incisions so much )
Wide slick piece of polyester fabric ( looks like satin or silk - but cheaper and easier to wash and dry ) to put on top of foam or your bed mattress ( helps with sliding your butt, turning to lay down and getting up ,other wise it's hard to move around and you might rip open your incisions ). Your arms will be used the most to maneuver yourself when you are sitting, laying or getting up and down.
A used cheap walker ( was a Godsend when I was going back and forth to the bathroom - helps take some pressure off the legs and for when I was light headed--I got it for $5.00 at a second hand store )
Hospital table with wheels ( amazon has one for around $60 - height adjustable, angle adjustable - great for ipad, laptop, meals, medication, can be moved around easily.
Benedryl medication ( topical and oral ) ( ask doctor before using )
Cup with a top ( insulated ) ( helps save on messes and steps to freezer to get ice )
Long Baggy shirt or gown ( could not stand anything touching my legs, they were so sensitive - take it completely off to go potty - it's easier )
Extra bed pillows
Weekly or monthly pill box ( so you don't have to wonder if you've taken your usual meds- pain medication makes me foggy and I have trouble remembering, this way I don't wonder if I've taken my meds)
Pain meds ( don't try to be brave... It hurts ... Take your meds )
Large ice packs and use pillow case for covers ( I got mine at fosters and smith online - yes it's a pet store online, but they are cheaper, larger and good quality- ice packs help with pain and swelling ) ( have at least two on hand ) ( they help the itching, swelling, pain and sensitivity- I went to sleep every night with one between my legs..lol
Razor on a stick- lol ( take something like a long kitchen spoon and tape your razor to it to shave your legs - go slow and carefully when using it ) ( bending is painful so this works great )
Shower chair ( for fatigue or feel faint )
Soft baby wash cloths ( for your incisions ONLY- keep the incisions and skin near them clean, clean, clean )
( after every bathroom break - pee and poop " sorry" - clean with baby wipes or hand held shower sprayer and soap, depending on the level of soiling - can not stress this enough, clean, clean, clean - you don't want an infection.
Blow dryer with cool setting ( dry things off down there after each shower or toilet run ) ( the dryer you can keep it, the better and faster the incisions will heal )
Plan surgery in fall or winter ( heat is not your friend with this surgery )
Vomit bucket for nausea ( like the gallon ice cream containers works great ) ( I kept one in the den and one in the bathroom ) ( line it with two wal-mart plastic bags then lay two folded paper towels in the bottom, folded into a small square, on top of the plastic bags. If you have to use it then u can just tie up the top of the bags and throw it away.... No clean up..yea!
Low sodium is a must to keep swelling down ( remember sodium is a preservative- it's in most things you eat - so remember this when preparing meals )
If you have groin incision - NO underwear - if I had to use underwear - then I used the ones that looked like bike shorts. Skirts and sundresses are great for post op appointments.
Stool softener ( start at least a week before surgery - meds are constipating)
Fruit and lots of fiber
Bikini wax ( not mandatory, but helps with cleaning and keeping area dry and if you have tape or gauze- the less hair the better ) ( by the time it begins to grow back, it won't be much of an issue ) ( I didn't have any tape, gauze or compression garment but was glad I had gotten a wax because it was easier to keep it all clean down there) (make sure the wax place doesn't double dip )
Clear shoe box ( helps keep small items so you can reach them and you can also see where they are thru the box)
One of those long grabber things that extends your reach. Takes work off of your hubby, sweetie, mom or nurse.
Lots of water to help with swelling and to flush system
Massage, massage, massage ( can't stress this enough - professional LYMPHATIC massage - it will hurt if it's done right but will feel better later - helps clear toxins and swelling and scar tissue release, I did about 15 visits - your doctor can probably recommend a good one.
Cell phone by your side just in case your nurse, hubby, mom ect is napping or not within ear shot
Walk as much as you can as soon as you can but don't over do it... Helps with swelling and DVT
Padded soft bathroom chair for sitting in case of feeling faint or fatigue
A sweet caring helper with lots of patience ( mine was wonderful )
Riding to and from post op appoints is easier in a truck or SUV - take something to step up on to get into your seat from the ground ( practice a day or so before your appointment to see what works best for you ) compact car seats are low to the ground and are difficult on incisions when getting in and out of the seat that's why trucks or SUVs work better.
Yeast infection pills if you are prone to yeast infections after taking antibiotics ( ask your doctor for a prescription before surgery... Over the counter creams are messy
Please feel free to email me if I can answer any concerns. Every patient heals at their own pace and level. It is well worth it in the end :)