Being scheduled for a surgery, no matter it’s depth, is scary. Whether you are scheduled for an outpatient procedure or will be in the hospital for days following the surgery, it’s important to prepare both mentally and physically. If you go into the surgery unprepared, you won’t know what to expect once you wake up in the recovery room. Here are some important preparation tips for your upcoming surgery in Alton, Illinois.
When you are told that you will need surgery, for whatever reason, you need to start taking notes immediately. If you are confused, tell the doctor to slow down. If you have questions, ask them. Ask as many questions as possible about the surgery, what to expect after the surgery and anything else that comes to mind.
Bring someone with you to the surgery consultation. Having a second set of ears will be of huge help in taking notes and understanding the surgery. You will likely not be in the right frame of mind after finding out that you are headed for surgery.
Be sure to follow all of the instructions given prior to your surgery. If this involves fasting, make sure you don’t eat prior to the day of the surgery. If this involves refraining from drinking, refrain from drinking, including water. If you are tasked with losing weight, be sure to lose as much weight as possible.
Surgical errors can happen to any patient and even in the most mundane of surgeries. It’s best to know what to expect beforehand, ask questions and even request a different doctor if you don’t feel comfortable with the one scheduled to perform the surgery.
Source: ASAHQ, “How to Prepare for Surgery Mentally and Physically,” accessed Feb. 21, 2018