Preparing You for Surgery

If you’ve ever had surgery or have been told that you need surgery, you know that anxiety and worry can happen long before the actual procedure. Taking a few smart steps before an operation can help you avoid surgical complications and cut down the pre-operative stress. By knowing what to expect, you’ll be able to go through pre-surgery preparations with a calm mind.
Think through your options.
o Is surgery your only choice or are there alternatives?
o If you do need surgery, do you need it now or can you — and should you — wait?
o Are there different surgical procedures to choose from?
o Discuss details of your treatment options with your doctor, scheduling more than one consultation if necessary.
Select an Experienced Surgical Team
o Choose an experienced surgeon and a facility that specializes in performing operations for your particular condition.
o In addition to working with a qualified surgeon, schedule your procedure in a hospital or surgical center that does a high volume of the surgical procedures you’re having.
In the time leading up to your surgical procedure, be sure to take good care of yourself and follow your doctor’s advice. 
o Surgery puts stress on the body, so the stronger you are physically, the better you’ll handle it.
o Get enough sleep.
o Eat a healthy diet.
o If you smoke, stop for at least two weeks prior to your surgery.
o Follow your doctor’s directions when it comes to taking or stopping medications before your operation.
Prepare your home and make arrangements for when you are recovering.
o Ready your home, including preparing food and rearranging furniture if necessary.
o If necessary, arrange for someone to take care of your children while you are in the hospital.
o Arrange for help at home after discharge, if you will need some time to recover.
If you have been told you need surgery or have a condition for which surgery is recommended, Dr. Matthew Johnson is an experienced general surgeon. Schedule a consultation to learn about your options.
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