Prepping for Surgery or Procedure
Once you and your doctor decide that surgery or another procedure will help you, preparing for your surgery or other procedure will be a very important part of your success. Understanding the process and your role within this process will help with your recovery, your confidence, and lessen any questions you may have.
You will meet with your doctors assistant to go over all of your needs planned leading up to surgery, including day of surgery eating and drinking instructions, important dates and times and any other necessary instructions.
Before surgery, you will need to see your doctor to be sure you are safe to undergo surgery. Routine tests, such as blood work and x-rays, are generally performed one week before your surgery.
Be sure to discuss all medications (prescribed and over the counter) and supplements you are presently taking with your doctor. Your doctor will let you know which medications may need to be stopped and how soon before surgery.
If you are taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, or blood thinners (like Warfarin), you will need to speak with your doctor to see when you will need to stop taking these to avoid surgical complications and to minimize bleeding.
Discuss with your doctor options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions, and other treatments, prior to surgery.
With your doctor’s approval, increasing your physical health and losing weight if you are overweight will help in your recovery and outcomes.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your risks with surgery and improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems addressed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
Maintain a well balanced diet supplemented by a daily vitamin with iron.
Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery may need to be postponed until all infections have cleared up.
- Arrange to have help with washing, cleaning, cooking, driving to appointments, shopping, and caring for family and pets
- Arrange your living space to be free of obstacles (throw rugs, cords, etc.)
- Place regularly used items within easy reach to avoid reaching or bending
- Make any arrangements for furniture as needed: hospital bed, wheel chair, raised commode, shower chair, etc.
Preparing for Procedure
- Be sure to have someone available to drive you home. You most likely will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
- Nausea is a possible problem after your procedure. It is advisable to not eat or drink anything on the way home and to eat a bland diet that day to avoid any issues with stomach upset.
- If you had surgery on an extremity, icing and elevating (as instructed by your surgeon) will help lessen pain and the possibility of post-operative swelling.
- Your doctor will assist you in what medications can be taken to help with pain control. Should your pain become uncontrollable even when taking the medication as prescribed, please content the office to see what options are available.
- Follow up with your surgeon’s office to set up your follow up appointments.