GCS is considered a major surgery, and it is essential that patients follow all pre-procedure instructions in order to obtain the very best surgical outcome. It is important that the ICTC staff have all your pertinent medical information prior to scheduling any surgery. Your pre-operative appointment will be scheduled one week to two days before the GCS, and you’ll also need to start a bowel prep two days in advance, followed by a clear liquid diet (e.g., clear broth, coffee, tea, water, soda). Do not consume anything during this time period that is red, orange, purple, or caramel in color. Hormones and other drugs may need to be discontinued temporarily. On the day of your surgery, you’ll arrive at ICTC in the morning and meet with your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Make sure that you leave cash and any other valuables at home.
The average recovery period for GCS ranges from 4-6 weeks. We do require one overnight with an RN following the procedure, and we also recommend making arrangements to stay close to ICTC for the first week or so, as you’ll need to visit your surgeon frequently. Our staff can assist you in booking a hotel near-by with special medical rates. We also suggest packing personal care and comfort items (e.g., a robe and slippers, throat drops, lotion and other toiletries), and a laptop or books to pass the time in the coming days. During the initial recovery period, focus on resting, drinking plenty of water, and making sure that your surgical site is well-iced in order to prevent swelling.