Surgery: 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Posted on: 10 August 2018


Modern medicine is wonderful. Thanks to advances in medical science, you no longer have to worry about dying of diseases and disorders which would have been a death sentence not so long ago. One area which has contributed to the success of modern medicine has been advances made in the way surgery is performed. However, while surgical care is the best it has ever been, there is still a need for the patient to take certain precautions. Below is a guide to 3 things you should keep in mind if you are due to undergo surgery.

Be clear about any medications and supplements you are taking

When your doctor asks you if you are currently taking any medication, you should tell them everything. Many people think that they only need to inform their doctor of any prescription medication they are currently taking. However, it is essential that you also tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medicine or vitamin supplements you are taking. Some medications and supplements can interact with the anaesthetic you will be given before surgery, affecting how it acts on your body. Your doctor will be able to offer advice about any medications and supplements which you should avoid before your surgery.

Follow any advice about food and drink

In the hours before your surgery, your doctor is likely to recommend that you are nil-by-mouth. This means that apart from very small sips of water, you will be forbidden from consuming any food or drink. While this can be annoying, it is important that you do not eat or drink anything before your operation. When you are given a general anaesthetic, many of your natural reflexes are stopped. If you have recently consumed food or drink, the relaxation of the stomach and throat could result in vomiting or choking. If it is discovered that you have eaten or drunk anything before your surgery, it is likely the operation will be cancelled.

Plan your recovery

It is possible to spend so much time preparing for surgery that you forget about the recovery period which will follow. The recovery period is often the main factor which determines if a surgery is successful or not. You should ask your doctor about what you can expect the recovery to be like so you can make sure you have the support you need. You should never push yourself to recover too quickly, as this is likely to result in harm or injury.

If you would like more info, contact a primary care centre today.