Once you and your doctor decide that surgery will help you, you'll
need to learn what to
expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best
Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step
toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in
it will help you recover more quickly and have
Before surgery, Dr.
Mellow will give you a complete physical
examination 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, are usually
performed a week before the
medications you are taking with Dr. Mellow and your
family physician to
see which ones you should stop
taking before surgery.
If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease
However, you should not diet during the month before your surgery.
If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, you will
need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks
and improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery
to reduce the risk
of infection later.
Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with
Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed
until all infections
have cleared up.
Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking,
shopping and laundry.
Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you
won't have to reach
and bend as often.
Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid
Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm
back and two arms.
Preparing for a procedure
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.
Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you
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