Preparing for Surgery & Procedure
Preparing for Surgery
Once you have decided to proceed to surgery, you'll need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
Before the operation
Before surgery, you will need a check up to make sure you don't have any conditions that could interfere with the anaesthetic, the surgery or their outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests, urine tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before the surgery.
Discuss any medications you are taking with your urologist and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery. Smoking is not permitted on hospital grounds and this is an ideal opportunity to give up smoking for the long run.
Eat a well-balanced diet, try to maintain a regular sleeping habit and exercise routine.
You should report any infections prior to surgery. An untreated infection found on the day of surgery may result in postponement of the procedure.
Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won't have to reach and bend as often.
Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls due to reduced mobility while recovering.
Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
- Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours due to the anaesthetic medications
- Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home as it may cause nausea and vomiting
- After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours
- Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain