Get yourself ready for your upcoming procedure.
Is surgery in your future? The preparations you make now can make a difference in the safety of your procedure and smoothness of your recovery. Don't just be a passive patient. Have a hand in your own healthcare. You can get ready for the big day with these tips.
- Become an expert. Ask as many questions as you can think up. Learn everything you can about your condition and your procedure. Knowledge often helps relieve nervousness, giving you a feeling of control. You may also find it easier to follow instructions given by your doctor when you understand the reasons behind them.
- Cut back on the cigarettes. If you are a smoker, now is an excellent time to quit. A smoking habit can make you more likely to experience complications from the anesthesia.
- Get your diabetes under control. Unhealthy glucose levels can make the healing process longer. If you don't always stick to an approved diabetic diet, it's time to get strict with yourself.
- Talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you take. You may need to alter your regimen a little in the days leading up to your procedure.
- Stay sober the night before. Don't try to relax before the big day with a glass of wine. Alcohol should be avoided for the 24 hours leading up to surgery.
- Make a plan for your recovery. Ask your doctor about the care you'll need after the operation. If you need a temporary caregiver, line this up before you go under the knife.
Has your doctor recommended an operation for your treatment plan? Choose a surgeon you can trust at Denton Regional's Center of General Surgery. We can provide physician referrals when you call 1-855-477-DRMC.