Tips For Surgery Preparation
1. Quit Smoking
If you are in the habit of smoking, it is best that you stop the usage of cigarettes and other tobacco products once you find out you need surgery.
This should help improve your healing and recovery. Specifically, smoking increases your risk of developing blood clots in the legs.
In addition, when you smoke, it cuts the amount of oxygen your wound receives and slows healing. It could also increase the risk of infection.
2. Check What Medications You Need To Pause
Alternative medicines could interfere with blood clotting and raise the risk of bleeding. Inform your surgeon of all herbal and alternative medicines you are taking so they can determine which ones need to be stopped temporarily.
For instance, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, evening primrose oil, turmeric, omega 3 fatty acids, garlic, and even vitamins C and E are some supplements that affect blood clotting. Consult your alternative medicine practitioner.
3. Have A Good Knowledge Of Your Pre-Surgery Dietary Restrictions
To ensure your bowels are completely empty, you may be asked to use an enema at home 1–2 days prior to some surgeries. Your doctor will let you know if this is needed for your procedure.
4. Ask Questions
Find out whatever you need to know about your surgery – no matter how silly you may fear it sounds. There’s nothing more important than being in the right frame of mind, so quell your anxiety by asking questions that help clear things up for you.
Learn some relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation to help calm your mind and ease anxiety as you prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the surgery.
6. Follow These Just Before Surgery Day
- Pack a bag with things you need for comfort but not too much. Your hospital should take care of a lot of things and do not want to burden yourself with work while you’re recovering.
- Remove any nail polish on the day before you leave for the hospital. Ensure you remove acrylic nails if any. Your nails are often monitored to gauge your oxygen levels, so it’s important to keep them clear.
- Do not wear makeup to the hospital.
- Remove jewelry and leave it safely at home. You will be asked to remove all of it before the surgery in any case.
- Pack your glasses if you need them, a case for your contact lenses, extra contact lenses if you wear disposables, denture cases if you have dentures or cases for any other items that you will need to remove.
- Carry loose comfortable clothing to wear after the surgery so that it doesn’t rub against or constrict your surgical wound and to allow room for any bulky bandages and dressing that may have been applied to the wound.
- Bring a friend or family member with you to help with anything that may be needed at the hospital, including paperwork. They should also be there when you are discharged from the hospital and allowed to go home. You won’t be able to drive and may be sore and groggy. They can drive you home and help you get settled back in.
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