Before scheduling surgery, the DSD team will examine the patient and get any X-rays, scans or tests that are needed.
To decrease the risk of infection, it is important to clean out the bowel before surgery. The patient will drink a salty liquid that will cause repeated bowel movements. This will help clean out the bowel. This is done at home or in the hospital the day before surgery.
You will also meet the pain management team when you come to the hospital. They will talk to you about choices to help reduce the amount of pain after surgery. Surgery is done while patients are asleep and they will not feel any pain during that time.