If you are planning for a surgery then you will definitely need sometime to prepare for it. This is the time when you will learn about the surgical procedure you are about to undergo and get to know about the people who will be taking care of you. This will help you to undergo a successful procedure and heal faster for a smooth recovery. Remember the following tips to plan in a better way.

  1. Familiarise yourself about the surgery: Learn about the surgery and understand the expected outcome from the surgical team or any credible sources and not from blogs or unreliable websites. The point is to get as much accurate information as possible. The fear of unknown leads to stressful situations. Therefore understand the procedure , risks of surgery , possible complications and how to manage them and alternative treatments, if any.
  2. Prepare physically before surgery: Have healthy and nutritious food. It helps to fight infection and helps in rapid healing of wounds. This is not the time for dieting. Practice relaxation and deep breathing exercises. Try to quit smoking and avoid alcohol if possible. This will reduce risks of anaesthesia and help in recovery.
  3. Learn about anesthesia : Sometime before your surgery you would meet your anesthetist. It would be the right time to discuss the appropriate anesthesia care suitable for you. It is important that you inform about your habits , medications and any previous experiences / incidences of anesthesia in the past with your anesthetist.
  4. Share questions and concerns with your surgeon : Addressing your fears with your surgical team goes hand in hand with understanding your surgery. Discuss your worries, however silly you may think it may be. For many, it may the first time to the pre operative area and operation theatre , so it is important to be knowledgeable about what to expect before and during the procedure.
  5. Know what to expect after surgery: Any surgery will take sometime for recovery which may be a couple of days to a few weeks. You should know how much pain to expect during the recovery period and what medication to take, when to return to physical activity or  any restrictions , post surgery diet ,  the transition to work environment, and the supportive care required if any. This will go a long way for a smooth postoperative recovery and return to normal activities.
  6. Get a second opinion: Not sure whether you require surgery? Do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Consult someone who specializes in treating your condition.

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