Your Surgery Checklist
The concept of undergoing surgery, regardless of what it’s for, is a scary one. Today’s medical procedures may be incredibly safe, but that doesn’t mean that the thought of having surgery is any less daunting.
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However, if you are booked in for a procedure, worrying about it and getting stressed out won’t make things any better. If anything, it will make things worse and will lead to you developing high blood pressure from the stress, which you don’t want to happen, and this will increase the risk of your procedure.
If you have a date for your surgery, now is the time to start preparing for it. By taking the time to prepare yourself properly for the medical treatment that you are undergoing, you can reduce the stress and anxiety that you feel.
To make the process of preparing for surgery a little easier, below are some tips and useful pieces of advice to take note of.
Talk to your doctor
The best thing that you can do to put your mind at ease before undergoing a medical procedure is to talk to your doctor. Schedule an appointment to discuss your procedure and what you should expect from it, as well as how you should prepare for it.
For example, say you are having a planned tonsillectomy under a general anesthetic, the preparation for it will be different to undergoing adult circumcision under a local anesthetic, because for a general anesthetic you are unable to eat for 12 hours leading up to the procedure. By talking to your doctor about the procedure that you are undergoing, you should be able to relax more, as you will have a better idea of what to expect.
Find ways to reduce stress
Being stressed out in the lead up to a medical procedure is never good, as it can lead to your blood pressure increasing. So with that in mind, it’s important to find little ways to reduce any stress that you are feeling, to help keep your calm and more relaxed.
To do that, try a few different stress-relieving activities – this could mean doing some adult coloring which is a great stress reliever, practicing yoga or pilates, exercising, cooking, or doing whatever helps to relax you. Maybe going for a massage could be the answer? It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you find a way to relax and unwind.
Pack your hospital bag
Whether you are going into hospital for a few days or just for a day procedure, it’s worth packing a bag to take with you. After all, sometimes after a procedure you need to stay in the hospital for longer than you were meant to, which is why it can pay to have a bag with some fresh clothes including loungewear, things to keep you busy, such as a tablet, book, magazines, etc. Don’t forget to pack some washing stuff to take with you too, in case you fancy a nice refreshing shower.
There you have it, your guide to everything that you need to know about preparing for surgery.