Once the Decision is made for Surgery:
- Once you and your Surgeon have decided that surgery will help you, you’ll need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterwards.
- Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step towards a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
- Before surgery it is important to to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, may be necessary about a week before any major surgery.
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.
- Do Not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
- The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or 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.
- If you had surgery on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
- 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.