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I'm Having Surgery Soon. How Should I Prepare?

I'm Having Surgery Soon. How Should I Prepare?

Facing surgery is filled with uncertainty and questions about what to expect. Whether a minor procedure or a significant operation, preparation is crucial in ensuring a successful outcome and a smooth recovery. 

At Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, located in Jackson, Mississippi, our team understands you want to be informed so you feel empowered before surgery. Here are some tips to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally for your upcoming surgery.

Educate yourself

Research the details of your procedure to ease anxiety and uncertainty. Take the time to learn about your surgery's purpose, potential risks, and expected recovery process. We are happy to provide you with information and answer any questions.

Follow all preoperative instructions

When you’re scheduled for surgery, you receive specific instructions from our team to follow in the days leading up to your surgery. These may include fasting guidelines, medication adjustments, and lifestyle modifications. 

Adhere to these instructions closely to minimize the risk of complications and ensure the best outcome.

Plan for transportation and at-home support

In most cases, you will not be able to drive yourself home after your surgery because of the effects of anesthesia or pain medications. 

Arrange for a trusted friend or family member to accompany you to the hospital on the day of surgery and drive you home afterward. 

Depending on your procedure, you may also need someone to stay with you for a few days after your surgery to help with hygiene and basic chores.

Prepare your home

Create a comfortable and safe environment for your recovery at home. Stock up on groceries, medications, and necessary medical supplies before surgery. Arrange your living space to minimize the need to climb stairs or reach for high shelves.

Follow a healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle leading up to your surgery can improve your body's ability to heal and recover. Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Stay hydrated, get plenty of rest, and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption because these can interfere with the healing process.

Plan for help after your procedure

Consider what assistance you may need during the initial stages of your recovery. This could include help with household chores, childcare, transportation to follow-up appointments, or physical therapy. Enlist the support of friends and family members or explore options for professional home care services if necessary.

Take care of your emotional well-being

Facing surgery can cause a range of emotions, from fear and anxiety to hope and optimism. Take steps to protect your emotional well-being during this time. Techniques like meditation, breathwork, and seeking support from a therapist can be helpful.

When preparing for surgery, it’s important to consider your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. At Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, we work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes for your health and well-being. 

If you’re scheduled for surgery at our facility, reach out to us with questions. Call today or use the online tool to talk to our expert team at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC.

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