There are numerous conditions or injuries that require the patient to undergo
surgery in order to properly heal. When someone is set to have surgery,
it’s easy for them to think about the procedure and what can happen,
but this can also lead to them forgetting some of the basic things that
they need to do before the surgery. Here are some of the things you should
do prior to surgery to best prepare for the best possible procedure.
Avoid Eating or Drinking the Day of Surgery
When you are going to have surgery, it’s important to stop eating
and drinking (including water) before midnight the day before. If you
have to take medication, make sure you only take it with a very limited
amount of water and do it well before the time of the surgery. Eating
or drinking the day of surgery can with delay the surgery, or the procedure
may be canceled altogether.
Remove Piercings and Makeup
Prior to the surgery, you will be asked to remove specific items, so it
may be best to not wear them in the first place. This includes makeup,
items in your hair, contacts, glasses, watches, jewelry, piercings, dentures,
and other non-permanent items. It’s best to leave valuables at home
to prevent losing anything.
Speak with Your Doctor
Surgery can be a frightening prospect. It’s important for patients
to understand what to expect and what they may go through during the procedure.
To help ease your mind, speak with your doctor about the procedure, find
out what he or she recommends you do before arriving, and ensure you have
a good understanding of what’s going to happen. You can also ensure
your insurance covers the procedure and more.
If you are undergoing surgery, trust in our healthcare professionals at
Garden City Hospital to take the utmost care of you. We understand this
is a difficult time for you and we’ll do whatever can to ease your
mind as we get you through the procedure.
Speak with our doctors to learn more about what to do before surgery.