What might the doctor advise me to do in order to prepare for the surgery?

There are several aspects which the doctor might advise you to take into consideration before the surgical intervention.

Planning for surgery is highly recommended, as positive lifestyle changes increase the success rate and encourage a swift recovery, free from complications.

The majority of procedures require you to prepare in advance by:

  • not drinking or eating anything before, as anesthesia can cause vomiting during or after the intervention, and you could thus easily choke. Even though such occurrences are quite rare, it is better to be cautious, since anesthesia annihilates most body reflexes
  • being careful with your food intake, especially if you have weight issues, as the risk of postoperative complications is significantly higher if you are overweight. Although losing weight benefits the body during the recovery process, it is not recommended to start a diet less than a month before surgery. However, all patients are advised to eat healthy in order to recover faster
  • avoiding tobacco and alcohol consumption, since it can lead to severe complications during the surgery, including excessive bleeding. Drinking alcohol can also affect the liver in conjunction with anesthetics

Suggestions for an effective preoperative preparation

Before any surgery, follow your doctor’s indications regarding nutrition and activities and make sure to:

  • improve your physical health: try exercising in advance, be as active as possible, and adopt a well-balanced diet
  • control your medications intake: understand when to stop taking certain blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs and what it is safe to take before
  • organize your home and work areas: set up safe environments and prepare a reliable friend or family member to take you home and care for you once you are discharged from the hospital
  • increase your emotional strength: learning to overcome anxiety and stressful feelings while waiting for the intervention is a fundamental step to a successful recovery. Being aware of all the implications of your surgery can help maintain a healthy emotional state

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