Surgery may not be the most positive solution a person can have when battling a disease or medical problem. Sometimes, getting surgery is the ‘last resort treatment’, and it means all else failed. It is difficult then to think about a foreboding surgery while feeling anxious and in despair and helpless. But what if you can do something to make sure that you will have a successful surgery? What steps should you take and how will this affect your surgery?
Preparation for a successful surgery
Choose a specialist and hospital. This looks like a simple step, but the impact of making this decision is huge, and this is actually the most important tip. If you are undergoing surgery, it is best to choose the best. Not just the best surgeon, but the best surgeon who specializes in your surgery. For instance, if you are in need of a heart bypass surgery, you may just rely on a cardiothoracic surgeon and that is okay. But if you can, ask for someone who does heart bypass surgery the best. The surgeon you should prefer should have performed the surgery countless times successfully to be sure that yours will not fail. This also correlates with choosing the best hospital that performs your specific surgery. If the two are not found in the same place, request your doctor to apply for a visiting doctor’s accreditation if possible. That would save you the sleepless nights before your surgery day.
Be transparent with your overall health. If you are undergoing surgery, your surgeon has probably asked about other diseases that may affect your successful surgery results. Make sure that you mention all your past and present diseases and medical problems, as well as the medications you have been taking for them. A great example is a patient undergoing surgery but has diabetes. The surgeon should wait until the patient has a stable sugar level before proceeding with the surgery since this disease can interfere with the patient’s healing post-surgery.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is one variable that you can perform and control. Of course, healthier people have lesser risks of developing complications post-surgery. Their healing and coping abilities are better compared to people who have vices like smoking and alcoholism.
Mention all medications taken. Legal or illegal. As mentioned before, medications for pre-existing conditions should be reported to your surgeon as they may interfere with the anesthesia effects. Allergies to meds should also be mentioned during your consultation. Now, if you are taking illegal drugs or it hasn’t been a while since you stopped taking them, you still have to tell your doctor, because they will surely affect the anesthesia level that the doctor will give you. The adjustment will all rely on the type and amount of drugs you are taking. Getting an inadequate amount of anesthesia is not something you want to happen when they are opening you up, right?
Walk post-surgery. After a successful surgery, you have to be mobile as soon as possible to prevent a lot of post-surgery complications like blood clot formation, prolonged pain, disability, and pneumonia.
We hope that the following tips will help you in preparing for your surgery. These tips show you that though getting surgery is scary that it makes you feel vulnerable and helpless, there are still some ways that you can do and control to make it successful.