Prepare your health for surgery
It is not a secret that the best outcome of surgery and rehabilitation happens when the patient is healthy and mentally ready. Luckily, in most cases orthopaedic surgery is planned in advance and the patient has a chance to prepare for it. It is important to consult the surgeon and your family doctor to make sure that you have a full list of analysis and research to complete before surgery. You can also discuss such topics as how to make the recovery process easier and how to start preparation in advance. With such simple actions you will prevent various possible complications.
There are main conditions, which can affect surgery and every patient should pay attention to the results of their analysis and examinations:
– Hypertension. Inform your surgeon if you have high blood pressure. You should check it a couple times before surgery. Don’t forget to mention if you use medication for hypertension.
– Anaemia. You should check the red blood count before surgery. If it is low, the doctor will help you to increase it to prevent cardiac complications or blood loss.
– Diabetes. Tell your doctor about the stage of the disease, insulin or other medications you are taking. They might be discontinued for a while or the dose might be changed. If the sugar level is not controlled, the healing process might slow down.
– Varicose veins and blood clots. Make sure your doctor knows if you or your relatives have had problems with varicose veins or blood clots. The last can cause additional stress and swelling. The doctor might prescribe blood thinners or compression items.
Other important indications
It is obvious that obesity, bad habits, sleeping disorders and weak nutrition can be harmful for health. Especially for the health of a person who is planning to have surgery. That is why we offer you a list of important tips on how to be in the best shape before it.
– Smoking. Smokers face more complications like infections, heart problems and a lower level of healing than non-smokers. We strongly recommend you stop smoking a month before and after surgery.
– Nutrition. Make sure you consume enough vitamins and proteins. Your diet should be diverse and contain lots of fresh vegetables and crops.
Mental state. If you are depressed, it is better to consult a specialist to prescribe the perfect medication or exercises. This way you will be totally prepared for the surgery.
– Obesity. People with a body mass index of more than 35 are at a higher risk of wound infections and blood clots. You should discuss this topic with the doctor and he will decide whether you should do anything about your weight before surgery.
Follow these recommendations, pay proper attention to your health and your orthopaedic surgery will pass smoothly. Make sure you follow all the indications given by your doctor and don’t forget to have a positive attitude!