Preparing for Surgery & Procedure
Once you and Associate Professor Adam Bartlett decide that surgery will help you, you'll need to learn what Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
Working with your Doctor :: Home Planning
Working with Your Doctor
- Before surgery, you will need to complete an anesthetic questioner that will be sent through to the anaesthetist that will be looking after you. They will contact you by phone and may arrange to see you prior to surgery.
- It is important to declare any previous medical conditions or operations prior to surgery as they may interfere with the surgery or its outcome.
- Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before the surgery.
- If there is a possibility you may require a blood transfusion, you will need to have blood taken 1-3 days prior to surgery to ensure that blood is appropriately cross matched.
- Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery - especially those that interfere with blood clotting (warfarin, clexane, clopidogrel)
- If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding
- If you smoke, you should stop or at least cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery
- Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later
- Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron
- Report any infections to your doctor. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up
- On the day of surgery, please so not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to surgery
- You can continue to take your regular medications on the morning of surgery, with a small sip of water. Please ask your doctor if you are unsure which medications you should stop prior to surgery
- Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry
- If you require a laparotomy, then you can not lift more than 6kg or strain for 6 weeks post-operatively
- Following laparoscopy you should avoid heavy lifting or straining for at least 2 weeks post-operatively
- Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to reach and bend as often
- Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls
- Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms
Preparing for Procedure
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
Have someone available to take you home, as you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
Do Not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.