What to Expect
Prior to having surgery, be certain you are in full understanding of the procedure, risks, and benefits. Your health history and the medications you take may have an effect on the risks, possible complications, and benefits from the surgery. This is will allow you to make informed decisions. Also, speak with family or friends who will support you through the process. This will help them help you. Follow the directions you receive. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
- Know what the operation is called and why you need it.
- Have an idea of how the operation will be performed: open, laparoscopic, robotic, etc.
- Informed consent is required before your surgery. Understanding the operation, risks, benefits, and possible complications will allow you to give consent.
- Complete any ordered testing before surgery: laboratory tests, imaging, EKG, etc.
- Stop medications as instructed. Medications which alter clotting (i.e. Coumadin, Aspirin, Plavix, etc) are stopped at specific timeframes. If the timeframe is not correct, your operation may be canceled.
- NPO after midnight means eat and drink as you normally would and go to bed before midnight. Sleep well.
- Start the day with a prayer/meditation/inspirational message, shower, and avoid strong scents,
- Wear comfortable loose clothing easily removed and folded, leave valuables at home.
- Arrive 10 minutes early, but bring a book just in case there is a delay.