Now that your Glendora General Surgeon has scheduled your outpatient surgical procedure, there are several things that you will want to know that can help you prepare yourself for both before and after the operation. Yes, your surgeon, or a member of his staff, will instruct you on what you will need to do to prepare for your procedure and what you will do to afterward. But, having your own checklist can ease your pre and post-operative anxiety and set the stage for the best possible outcome.
Before the Surgery
- If your operation is not going to be performed in the general surgeon’s office, take the time to drive to the clinic or hospital location before your surgery. This ensures that you know how to get to the medical facility on the day of your operation. You’ll also know where to park and if you need to bring any money to pay for parking.
- Always follow your surgeon’s preoperative instructions regarding any dietary and prescription medication restrictions prior to your surgery. Failure to be physically prepared may cause a cancellation or postponement of your operation.
- Because you will be given a local or general anesthetic, or a sedative, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home. Make prior arrangements for someone, or a taxi service, to drive you home after your surgery.
- If your surgeon wants you to take certain medicines after the procedure, try to have the prescriptions filled before the surgery so that you will not have to go to a pharmacy on your way home.
- Prepare your home for after surgery needs. Buy any foods or liquids that your surgeon wants you to eat or drink during your recovery. If there are any restrictions on your mobility, arrange to stay on one level of your home, or make arrangements for someone to stay with you who can bring you your meals and help you in the bathroom. If you’ll use crutches or a walker, remove any floor mats that could get in your way.
After the Surgery
- Before you go home, your surgeon, or a member of his staff, will go over all of your postoperative instructions. Ask for a written list of all instructions so that you can have them handy for references. It is especially important to follow your schedule for medications plus any dietary or physical restrictions. Share these instructions with the person helping you at home.
- Ask for a written list of any potential complications or warning signs before you go home. This can help determine if your pain is a normal procedural effect or something that needs your surgeon’s attention.
- If you need a follow-up appointment, ask to schedule that appointment before you go home.
Being well prepared can help you relax, rest, and recuperate without any added concerns.