Preparing for Surgery

Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, you will need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.

Pre-Surgery Exam

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician
  • Discuss with your doctor about options for preparing for potential blood replacement
  • Report any infections to your surgeon.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection
  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks
  • Put items that you use often within easy reach
  • Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls
  • Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion

Preparing for Procedure

  • Have someone available to take you home
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home
  • After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat
  • If you had surgery on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed
  • Take your pain medicine as directed

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