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How to prepare for surgery


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How to prepare for surgery

Surgery is common practice in much of the world and takes form in several different ways. This could be for fixing an injury or illness such as hernias or cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement.

According to some of the most recent data, it revealed that there were over 3 million surgeries that took place in 2020which was a reduction from the previous year due to COVID-19. Now that Coronavirus restrictions are behind us, that number is sure to ramp up as hospitals have the capacity to perform more surgeries.

Whenever anyone goes in for surgery, there are a set of expectations that should be met when preparing for it but there are also some things that aren’t mandatory that could help to make your surgical procedure more successful. Read on to find out how you can prepare for surgery.


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What must you do?

If you’re getting surgery done then the following are examples of what your doctor will expect you to do. If you don’t follow these instructions then it may botch your surgery and leave you with long-lasting damage.

Fast if necessary – Your doctor will instruct you on whether or not you should eat or drink anything before your surgery. Whatever they say, you must obey. Not eating limits the risk of vomiting while under anaesthetic.
Hygiene – To ensure no risk of infection comes to you or the doctor, you must remove piercings and have a bath or shower before entering the hospital to limit the numberof bacteria that are entering the hospital.
Pack a bag – Your surgery may require you to stay in the hospital for a few days. Make sure you pack the following: Clothes, toothbrushes, towels, toiletries, entertainment devices or books, money, and medicines you take.
Transport – The last thing you want is to be late for your own surgery. Ensure you have arranged transport to get to and from the hospital. This could be a taxi, a lift from a friend or getting a bus on time.

What else can you do?

Whilst the previously mentioned points are mandatory, to prepare yourself better for your surgery, you could do the following.

Do research so you know what to expect on the day
Exercise and eat healthily so your body is stronger – this will help with your recovery too
Talk about it with the doctor or friends – if you’re nervous then this is a good way to alleviate the stress
Prepare your home for recovery – this can include the following: Get enough food in so you don’t have to go to the shop, change your bedsheets and put everything you need close to your bed e.g. painkillers and phone charger

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