Some additional steps from leading health authorities:
If you are a smoker, you can do yourself a favor by quitting - or at least cutting back - before surgery. Smoking delays healing.
Ask your doctor if you should stop taking aspirin or other medications before surgery. Tell your doctor about any prescription and over-the-counter medicines or dietary supplements you use.
Before Dealing with Details
Before your surgery, you'll be given any special instructions - they will likely include not eating or drinking anything after the previous midnight.
Other general advice:
- Ask your doctor about home health care if your recovery may be extensive.
- Consider having someone help with household tasks while your recover.
- Arrange for transportation to and from the hospital.
- Leave any valuables at home.
A Few Questions Worth Asking
If you are scheduled for surgery weeks or days in advance, take advantage of the time by asking your doctor any questions you have.
Some good questions:
* Why do I need this surgery?
* What are the risks and benefits?
* Are there any alternatives - medicines or other treatments that can help?
* Should I get a second opinion?
* What will happen during surgery?
* What will happen if I don't have the operation?
* What kind of anesthesia will I be given?
* How long will I be in the hospital, and what can I expect during recovery?