Preparing for surgery is intimidating. Several details can be overlooked if you are not careful. This article was written in hopes of being informative and helpful for all people facing surgery.
One of the most import aspects of preparing for surgery are finances and paperwork. Be sure to fill out and turn in all the necessary paperwork for disability, work, and health insurance on time. If the surgery is critical consider obtaining a power of attorney. If you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself someone you designate will make the decisions for you. When you check in for surgery the administration office can assist you with the details. Try to pay upcoming bills in advance and balance your checkbook. The last thing you want to worry about after surgery are what bills need to be paid.
Designate someone to take you to and from the hospital. Also have someone help you with household chores and cooking when you return. The less stress and strain you have the quicker your recovery will be.
If you are staying overnight pack a bag. Whether the surgery is inpatient or not do not bring any jewelery or credit cards. Pack your I.D., insurance card, clothes to go home in, a robe, slippers, toiletries, your favorite pillow and any other personal items that might make your stay more comfortable. From my experience hospital beds are practical but not very comfy. Bringing personal items from home will you feel more at ease.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. This includes looking over and saving the pre-operation and release paperwork. Post a list of your doctor and hospital numbers on a bulletin board in case of any problems after surgery. If the surgeryis not on an emergency basis, you will need to go to the hospital a couple days in advance for pre-operation lab work. Before surgery you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything after a certain amount of time. If you need to bring x-rays or medical records to the procedure leave them out by your bag the night before.
The last step is to take some time out for yourself a day or two before the surgery. Have your favorite meal for dinner, get a new haircut, manicure, pedicure, or buy yourself a small gift. This will lift your spirits making you more relaxed for the impending surgery.
If you follow these guidelines you should have a fairly stress free experience.