First, learn all about the surgery you intend to have. Familiarize yourself with the type of surgery, the results you can expect, the recovery period and the potential complications. Pre-surgery jitters are normal, but talk to your doctor to help relieve any fears you may have. This simple step of being confident and educated in your decision helps to prepare your mind for the surgery and recovery. It’s also a good idea to talk to others who have had the same procedure and learn about their experiences. There are many web forums and support groups online to connect you with others.
Arrange for transportation. This is a requirement for almost every surgery, as anesthesia and pain medications can affect you as you drive. Some cosmetic surgeries, like a tummy tuck, require bed rest afterward, so it is very important to arrange other means of transportation. Ask a friend or family member, and if those options aren’t available, arrange for a taxi.
Medications and Smoking
Ask your doctor for a list of things to avoid. Many over the counter medications, like aspirin or antiinflammatory medications, should be avoided as these could cause potential complications. Your doctor will be able to point out or provide a list of what to avoid. Also make sure that your doctor knows about any medications you are already taking.
If you smoke, it’s important to quit at least two weeks before surgery. Smoking leads to an increased risk of complications and can slow down your recovery. If you need support, there are many websites and communities dedicated to helping you quit smoking.
Prepare for Recovery
Discuss pain medication options, and get them filled ahead of time, if possible. You can also ask for information on alternative therapies to help manage recovery, like homeopathic treatments. Your doctor will likely refer you to a specialist for this. Once you’ve acquired your pain medications, make sure that they are easily within reach. Also ask your doctor about what you can do or use to help recover. Ice packs, heating pads and moisturizers can all be useful and make you more comfortable as you heal.
Set up an area in your home where you can relax as you heal. This could be in bed or on a comfortable recliner by the TV. Gather your favorite movies, a computer, books, snacks, water bottle, your pain medication, blankets and any other item you might want. If you cook, prepare freezer meals in advance for easy meals, or gather take-out menus. Easy access to these items can make recovery more enjoyable.
Taking a few simple steps to be fully informed and prepared for your surgery can make a world of difference, both in how you feel going in and how your recovery will go.
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