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Was anyone else told not to shave their legs 4 days before surgery?



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Ok ladies, this ones for you! When the nurse called from the hospital to go over everything about the surgery day and anesthesia they informed me not to shave my legs 4 days prior to surgery because of the wipe they will give me to wipe on my body. They said it “can” make some women itch. Was anyone else told this and did you listen? Did you shave and then had an itching problem? Personally, I can’t stand fuzzy legs so I’m going to take my chances, but I am just curious about this.

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18 minutes ago, Friday205 said:

I have never heard of that!

Me either!

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My instruction say do not shave the area where the incision will be and do not apply perfume, deodorant, lotion, makeup or chemical where incision will be.

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See, that makes sense to me and I wasn’t told any of that!

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I was told not to shave before my lower body lift, but not before my bariatric surgery. That doesn't really make a lot of sense since your legs aren't anywhere near the incisions, but whatever... Maybe your hospital just tells everyone that, regardless of the type of surgery they're getting? Beats me. That is sort of weird.

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6 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

I was told not to shave before my lower body lift, but not before my bariatric surgery. That doesn't really make a lot of sense since your legs aren't anywhere near the incisions, but whatever... Maybe your hospital just tells everyone that, regardless of the type of surgery they're getting? Beats me. That is sort of weird.

They said this because of a certain anti-bacterial wipe I’m supposed to wipe all over my body before surgery.

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That is weird. I shaved my legs the previous day vs that morning because I didn’t know if the stuff they give you to shower with would burn. But four days? That doesn’t make sense to me

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Yes, but only 2 days before. No shaving anywhere. Lol

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Also, I had to shower with an antiseptic soap the night before and the morning of surgery and on top of that they made me use these wipes on my entire body. Talk about taking precautions!

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Please don't shave. I'm sure it's in your best interest.

I dont think they care what you look like. I must have looked crazy all sprawled out under anesthesia. lol

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Never heard of this! So odd

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I asked about the special soap, nurse said not for bariatrics, but they use soaps for different types of surgery.

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2 minutes ago, SusieQ2019 said:

I asked about the special soap, nurse said not for bariatrics, but they use soaps for different types of surgery.

I'm telling you it was a chore using that soap and it was sticky! Lol

I felt it unnecessary, but I just did it anyway.

Best wishes on your upcoming surgery! How exciting!

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15 minutes ago, gabybab said:

Also, I had to shower with an antiseptic soap the night before and the morning of surgery and on top of that they made me use these wipes on my entire body. Talk about taking precautions!

13 minutes ago, gabybab said:

Please don't shave. I'm sure it's in your best interest.

I dont think they care what you look like. I must have looked crazy all sprawled out under anesthesia. lol

They told me to shower with Dial soap tonight and tomorrow morning as well. I am assuming the wipe they will give me I will have to do when changing into my gown. Lol, I don’t even want to think about what I’m going to look like under anesthesia!

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