The Couri Center offers a variety of gynecologic related surgeries.
Vaginal Hysterectomy and Correction of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
D&C – Dilation (or dilatation) and curettage
(D&C) refers to the dilation (widening/opening) of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the lining of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping (curettage). It is a therapeutic gynecological procedure as well as a way to treat first trimester miscarriage.
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Here are some helpful notes when preparing for your surgery:
Pre-Operative Care Instructions
If you and your physicians has deemed it necessary for you to have gynecological surgery, you will sit down with Alyce, our Surgery Scheduler and receive a packet of information. We encourage you to read through all of this information well before the day you need to go to the hospital. With the exception of your surgery date and time, most of that information is also posted here.
If you need pre-op testing (including blood work), report to the Outpatient Registration Department 1-2 weeks prior to your surgery date to have that done. No appointment is necessary and they are open Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Click here for
2 Weeks Before Surgery:
- Call the office if you develop a cough, cold, sore throat, or vomiting especially if accompanied by a fever
- Avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin) for two weeks before your surgery unless we instruct you otherwise
- Try to stop smoking (or decrease as much as you possibly can) two weeks before surgery to get your lungs as healthy as they can be at this time
- Have pre-op testing done
The Day Before Surgery:
- Do not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to surgery
- Eat a light dinner before 9 p.m. No solid food after this time
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Eating or drinking after the instructed times will delay your surgery and may even require rescheduling!
- Avoid smoking after midnight
- Bathe the night before or the morning of surgery
The Day of Surgery:
- When you brush your teeth the morning of surgery, be sure not to swallow any water
- Please take necessary medications with a sip of water the morning of surgery: blood pressure, heart, seizure or breathing medications including inhalers. Consult with your provider for insulin dosing the day of surgery
- Wear comfortable, casual clothing that allows for easy dressing and undressing
- Do not wear make-up, nail polish, perfume, skin cream or use aerosol spray
- Bring your insurance card, a list of your medications, and any lab results or medical records you may have in your possession with you to the hospital
- Dentures, contacts and glasses may not be worn during surgery. Bring a case to store eyewear
- Do not bring valuables (jewelry, large amounts of money, etc…) with you
- If you are staying over night, bring a small bag with robe, slippers, toiletries, etc…
- If you are having outpatient surgery, you must arrange for someone to bring you home after your surgery. There are no exceptions to this rule. Outpatient surgery cannot be performed without responsible adult transportation to bring you home. A cab or bus will not be acceptable. Please arrange for someone to be with you until the morning after your surgery.
- Arrive in admitting one to two hours before your scheduled surgery