Your doctor says you need to have surgery. Questions begin to race through your mind about the surgery, and you need answers. You need to be as knowledgeable as possible about your condition and needed surgery so ask away. If you still have questions you can always do your own research or get a second opinion.
Afterwards, talk to your spouse and family about your surgery. If you have concerns your family can serve as a great support group. Explain to them what will happen before, during and after surgery. Also, designate someone to drive you to and from the surgery, as long as it does not conflict with their schedule. If you go alone your procedure may be postponed.
Some other things you should do to get your home in order in advance are:
- Pay bills and make sure you have groceries for a few weeks. This can redirect your focus and help you eliminate some emotional stress.
- Write down your current prescription medications, vitamins and herbs for the surgeon. This will help prevent any allergic reactions to the anesthesia. Provide your doctor or hospital with a current copy of your advance directive.
- The night before surgery pack an overnight bag just in case you have to be hospitalized, remove all nail polish, makeup and jewelry, including piercings. You should not eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery, and take your usual medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
If you get sick prior to surgery report this to your doctor. It may be necessary to delay the procedure until you’re feeling better, however, don’t assume your surgery will be delayed. Arrive on time the day of your surgery to complete any paperwork and for prep. You can also bring something to read or do, until it’s time for your surgery.
Written by: Jamacia Magee, FizzNiche Staff Writer