When a patient finds they need a general surgery procedure performed, Dr. Elijah Mobley recognizes that this can be an overwhelming and stressful time. However, patients can significantly minimize their own stress and their caretaker’s burden by planning properly for their surgical procedure. Whether a patient is having a gallbladder removal or a breast surgery procedure, Glendora patients should utilize the following guidelines when preparing for their personal experience. Dr. Mobley has found that these tips are beneficial for people throughout Los Angeles County, and help improve the overall surgical experience.
Tips for Preparing for Surgery
Research the surgical procedure. Take the time to understand what is going to happen during the surgery, and what you can expect as you recover from the operation. During your research, write down any questions that you might have about the process. You can bring these questions to your consultation appointment, and Dr. Mobley will answer each and every one.
Inform your surgeon about your medical history and health background. Your surgeon will need to know about any previous health issues, any operations you have had completed in the past, facts about your current general health and information about any prescription medications, vitamins and health supplements that you are on at the time of your surgery.
Recognize that you might feel confused or lost immediately after your surgical procedure. Dr. Mobley recommends that patients bring personal items to have in the hospital room, such as a memento, photo or trinket. This benefits you as the patient because it will remind you of home and help you process the surgery, but it can also be helpful for your loved ones and relatives who will be looking for comfort in your hospital room during this difficult process.
Stay hydrated with a water bottle, and use lip balm to help prevent dry lips. Ask your nurse or medical professional if you can keep a water bottle by your pillow so you can quickly and easily get a drink whenever you want one. Dry, chapped lips are a common side effect of surgery, and lip balm can help prevent this from happening.
Have a contact number for the surgeon or the hospital handy during the recovery process. After you have gone home from the hospital, any number of situations can arise where you need professional help. This number should be provided to you prior to the surgery, and kept near you at all times as you recover.
Dr. Mobley encourages patients to discuss their concerns and ask their questions during the consultation process. He feels that patient education is a crucial part of the surgical process, and he wants every patient to feel calm, relaxed and comfortable before heading into the operation room. These tips will help any patient, regardless of the type of surgery they have at the time, to prepare for the surgical experience. By preparing for surgery, patients will fare better during the recovery process and ultimately enjoy improved results. To find out more information about surgery preparation related to your specific procedure, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Mobley today.