Surgical interventions are remarkable life-altering events, but not ones that we particularly look forward to. Any visit to the hospital is a stressful one, especially so if you are one of the seven million awaiting an elective procedure. The stress of awaiting surgery can be immense and made all the greater for not knowing quite how to prepare. What should you do to prepare for your next surgical procedure?
Preparing for hospital admission is arguably the simplest part of your stay. You can think of it as packing for a short stay away, in terms of clothing and toiletries. When it comes to clothing, think comfortable – as your surgery may render getting dressed and undressed more difficult than usual in the days afterwards.
A dressing gown and slippers are smart choices to ensure smooth and comfortable passage around your ward. Refrain from bringing snacks and food of your own, lest you feel tempted to indulge before your operation (more on which shortly). You may also have received instructions regarding pre-operation hygiene. Ensure your packing takes this into account.
Eating and Drinking
Separately, you should also endeavour to learn the specific requirements for you regarding eating and drinking. Typically, you are expected to fast for at least 2 hours before undergoing an operation that requires general anaesthesia. However, some operations have differing criteria and may require a longer fasting period.
This goes for both food and drink; this is because general anaesthetics impact your body’s reflect system, which could result in negative outcomes during your procedure. For one, if there are complications you could inadvertently vomit and choke while under.
In all of this, the word of your doctor and of other medical professionals can be useful and instructive. If ever you find yourself with a question about your procedure, whether the recovery period or the methods and anaesthesia used during the procedure, you should feel comfortable enough to consult with your doctor for counsel and advice.
Your medical and personal needs regarding your operation do not completely disappear after your operation. There is still a recovery period for you to endure and with it a programme of rest and rehabilitation. Certain operations may see you off your feet for weeks at a time or undergoing physiotherapy to regain strength and stability in key parts of your body.
There are also complications that can arise during your surgery, as a result of negligent behaviour on the part of your surgeon or medical staff. These errors could prove costly to your recovery, or even worsen your condition – necessitating legal action to recoup the compensation for which you would be eligible. The likelihood of this is rare, but preparing for the eventuality in advance can make it less stressful should you be unfortunate enough to experience it.