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How to prepare for surgery

Surgery is generally something that causes fear in people. The idea that you are going to be "cut open" can be quite overwhelming. However, surgery does not always have to be intimidating. Millions of Americans have surgery every year. It can prevent or stop pain, or fix something causing the body to function improperly. Often surgery saves lives. Surgery can also be exploratory, such as taking a biopsy to check for cancer.


The more information that you have prior to your surgery, the better prepared you will be for the procedure as well as for the recovery. Operations that used to take hours for surgeons to do and leave large scars can often be done in half the time, with little or no scarring, with the use of lasers and other modern techniques. Hospital stays are much shorter than they used to be, as well as the time needed for recovery.

Preparing for Surgery

The best way to ensure that your operation will go well is in preparing for surgery properly. You will probably be referred to a surgeon that you don't know, but whom your doctor has knowledge and confidence in. It is important that you put your confidence in the surgeon as well. You need to make sure that they have a complete medical history, as well as a list of all medications that you take on a regular basis. This should include vitamins and other supplements, as they can affect factors such as anesthetics and any medications that the surgeon may want you to take before or after the surgery.

It is important that you ask the surgeon how to prepare for surgery. The surgeon's office will probably provide you with literature to read, regarding how many hours before the surgery you need to stop eating, drinking, and taking medication. If these guidelines are not followed, your surgery may have to be rescheduled. If you have any questions about your upcoming surgery, be sure to ask them in advance. The staff at your surgeon's office can be very helpful, and has probably heard most of your questions before. You may also want to speak to others who have gone through the operation, to find out what their experiences were.

If you have gotten as much information from your surgeon's office, as well as done some information gathering on your own, you have done all that you can to get ready for surgery. Information is your greatest tool in the preparation process. You want to know what to expect before, during and after the procedure, as well as any follow-up that will be done with the surgeon.

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