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8 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Surgery

8 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Surgery

Did you know your own preparation for surgery is as important –potentially more important – than your surgeon’s preparation?

While exceptionally trained medical professionals are a priority, your body’s physical and emotional well-being are instrumental in its healing process – and that’s where your surgical preparation comes into play.

8 Tips to Get Your Body (and Mind) Ready for Surgery

Here are 8 tips to review as you prepare for an upcoming surgical procedure.

1)Be 99.9% sure it’s the best treatment for you

Be confident that this surgery is the right treatment for you. Never participate in any medical treatment you aren’t comfortable with. We say, “99.9%” because it’s not always easy to feel 100% comfortable with surgery – but the point is that you should get second-, third- or even fourth-opinions if you have any doubts so you can be at peace with your decision.

2) Ask as many questions as you need to

Your doctor is going to provide you with heaps of literature regarding your condition, the recommended surgery, surgical prep and post-surgical recommendations. Even so, it can be a lot to digest visually – particularly if you’re nervous.

Make a list of any of your concerns, questions or things you don’t understand and bring it to your pre-surgical appointment(s). Your physician/surgeon will be happy to answer them all because your comfort and health is his/her primary goal.

3) Read everything your physician provides

On that note, you will be given plenty of written literature (or directed to online resources). Do take the time to read it and/or review the resources with someone you trust so you’re completely informed and can access information as needed later.

4) Make holistic health a priority

Your body’s immune system will go into overdrive after surgery in an effort to help you heal. If it’s already taxed by an unhealthy diet and/or lifestyle, its job will be that much harder. Give your body a health boost by paying careful attention to your diet and work on stretching, cardio exercises and other forms of exercise (with respect to your condition, of course) to be the healthiest You possible before surgery.

5) Have everything you need for post-op recovery

Depending on your surgical procedure, you may need things like:

  • Someone to drive you home or to care for you for a certain period of time
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A special diet
  • Particular types of anti-inflammatories or pain medications
  • Alternative sleeping, bathing, toileting, etc. arrangements

6) Follow the pre-surgical prep instructions

Your pre-surgical prep instructions are so important because they’re designed to promote surgical success and mitigate complications that can arise. Fasting by the rules isn’t easy – but it’s worth it, particularly when you come out of anesthesia…

7) Practice relaxation techniques

It’s natural to be nervous, but stress can exacerbate inflammation, which runs down your aforementioned immune system. If you don’t already have “go to” relaxation practices, start experimenting.

Visualizations and guided meditations  - along with breathing exercises – are a great place to start.

8) Pay attention to the “bad” along with the good

You’re going into surgery to be healed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk of complications afterwards. It’s tempting to ignore them but knowing exactly what the potential risks and complications are allows you to be more proactive in having them treated if you notice signs or symptoms after surgery.

The team here at Palouse Specialty Physicians is dedicated to ensuring our patients are as prepared as possible for any necessary surgeries. Contact us to see if we can help you prepare for your upcoming procedure.

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Published on March 5, 2018