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.
- 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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