Preparing for Surgery :: Preparing for Procedure
Preparing for Surgery
Once you and your physician decide that surgery will help you, you’ll need to learn what to expect from the surgery and as well as create a treatment plan to help obtain the best post-operative outcome. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it may help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
Working with Your Doctor
- Before surgery, your physician will give you a complete physical examination to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed before any major surgery.
- Discuss any medications you are taking with your physician and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
- Discuss with your physician options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.
- If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, you will need to stop taking them before surgery to minimize bleeding. This will be discussed by your physician.
- If you smoke, you should stop to improve your recovery.
- Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
- Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron.
- Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
- Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
- Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won’t have to reach and bend as often.
- Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls.
- Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.
Preparing for Procedure
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
THE DAY BEFORE SURGERY, YOU MAY NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT! IF YOU EAT OR DRINK SOMETHING, YOUR SURGEON AND/OR ANESTHESIOLOGIST MAY CANCEL YOUR SURGERY.
- Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
- Do Not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
- The combination of anesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
- Once you have had foot or ankle surgery, keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
- Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.