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- Prepare For Your Surgery
There are a number of things you should know and do before your recommended surgery. Introduce yourself to your medical team, including the surgeon, who will be performing your surgery and your anesthesiologist, who will be managing your pain and comfort. Make sure to ask questions specific to your surgery such as: how to prepare, expected healing time, common complications and risks. Be sure to do your own research and ask questions if something is unclear to you.
- Ask About Your Anesthesia Options
The type of surgery you’re having will often determine what type of anesthesia will be used. Still, talk to your anesthesiologist about what options are available to you.
- Don’t Be Afraid To Get A Second Opinion
If you are unsure if a recommended treatment is right for you, or want to know if there are additional options available, talk to a secondary physician or specialist. You won’t offend your current physician and it will allow you to go into surgery more confident. Make sure to ask any questions and voice any concerns before, during or after surgery and hospital experience.
- Be Open About Your Medical Conditions
Make sure to discuss any health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, or food and drug allergies with your care team. Additionally, if you, or a family member, have had any reactions to anesthesia make sure to inform your care team.
- Stop Smoking Before Surgery
Make sure to tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist if you smoke. Smoking can increase both infections and other surgical risks. If you quit smoking before your surgery, you may heal more quickly.
- Have Healthy Food On Hand
Stock your pantry, fridge and freezer with healthy foods and drinks before your surgery. This will ensure you will not have to worry about groceries during your recovery. Ask friends and family to help if needed. Make sure to also pick up any personal hygiene products, or other items you will need beforehand.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes – Before and After Surgery
This is something most people forget to think about before surgery. Depending on your surgery, getting dressed after surgery may be difficult. Try to wear soft, loose clothes that can be easily put on and off, shirts that button versus pullovers, for example.
- Rest As Much As Possible
A week or so after surgery you may start telling yourself you need to get back to “normal” life. However, keep in mind that the healing process takes time. Be sure to follow the advice of your doctor.
- Healthy Diet Post-Surgery
Eating well during recovery can help your body recover faster by providing it the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
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