Published On: Tue, Aug 22nd, 2017

Preparing Yourself For Surgery

Even when you know it’s for your benefit, getting surgery can be scary. Although you know you’ll be asleep for the procedure, there can be something unnerving about going into a room, sleeping, and coming out apparently healed yet still have a long healing process ahead of you. The road to recovery post-surgery will be long, but the only thing you can do on your end is make sure you’re prepared both emotionally and physically. Here are a few things you can do to prepare your body and your mind for surgery, expecting the best possible outcome.

Preparing Yourself For Surgery

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Research

Whether you need an appendectomy, orthopedic, or open-heart surgery, you need to find out everything you can about the procedure. Meet your medical team including the surgeon and the anesthesiologist and ask them questions about risks, possible complications, recovery time and other things you want to know, so you can be the best patient pre and post operation. Also, the better informed you are about the surgery, the less scared you might feel going in. On a more practical note, you’ll also know if something went wrong during the procedure that could be Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard  as a malpractice lawsuit – you’ve trusted your surgeon to look after you while under anaesthesia, so if you feel anything went wrong you are entitled to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. After the surgery, knowing how to look after yourself and being aware of any side-effects to watch out for will make your recovery go more smoothly.

Get healthy

While you might need surgery in order to feel more healthy, that doesn’t mean you should go into surgery without doing your part to improve your health. Your body needs proper nutrition to fight infection and heal following surgery, so make sure you eat a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of water in the weeks leading up to your surgery. Regular exercise, or yoga stretches, can improve your core, arm, and leg strength so you can get around easier once you’re in recovery. If your doctor recommends any postoperative exercises you need to make sure you do them during and after your hospital stay. Keeping on top of your health after your surgery will aid your recovery and reduce your chances of relapsing.

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Don’t recover alone

You might believe that you have your recovery plan handled and you can take care of yourself while your body heals your incisions, but the last thing you should do is deal with recovery by yourself. Follow-up care will be far more effective if you have someone else helping you to change your bandages and keeping them dry while you shower. Most importantly, should something go wrong, there will be someone around to call your doctor and drive you back to the hospital. Recent studies show that when your caregiver stays in touch with your surgical team during the recovery period, you’re less likely to have serious complications.

The most important thing is to stay calm and visualize a good outcome.

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