Steps to help ease the way
When you're going to have surgery, it's understandable to be nervous. But there are some steps you can take to ease your worries. Understanding the process and planning ahead a bit can help pave the way for a smoother time and a faster recovery.
For starters, be sure to ask your doctor about anything you don't understand. Your doctor will want you to have your questions answered before your surgery.
Taking care of yourself
Giving yourself a little extra care now can help prepare your body to handle surgery. Get plenty of rest and eat a well-balanced diet. Your doctor may suggest a daily multivitamin as well.
Some additional steps from leading health authorities:
If you are a smoker, you can do yourself a favor by quitting - or at least cutting back - before surgery. Smoking delays healing.
Ask your doctor if you should stop taking aspirin or other medications before surgery. Tell your doctor about any prescription and over-the-counter medicines or dietary supplements you use.
Before dealing with details
Before your surgery, you'll be given any special instructions - they will likely include not eating or drinking anything after the previous midnight.
Other general advice:
To help your recovery, a nurse or other medical professional will help you start walking as soon as possible after surgery - walking aids healing. Pain medication may help you feel more comfortable.
Once you are home, you can help speed your recovery by following your discharge instructions, which give advice about your diet, activities and symptoms to watch for. And as always, don't hesitate to call your doctor if you have questions.
If you are scheduled for surgery weeks or days in advance, take advantage of the time by asking your doctor any questions you have. Here are some good questions you may ask