Helpful Tips For A Successful Surgery

Surgery - April 6, 2016
  • Thoroughly read all of the pre-surgery instructions and follow all directions from your doctor. If you aren't sure about any of the instructions call your doctor's office and ask for clarification.
  • A few days before your surgery prepare your home for your recovery. Make sure there is a clear path between your bed and the bathroom. Remove rugs and other possible tripping hazards.
  • If your surgery will affect your mobility (knee or hip replacement, foot or ankle) consider moving your bed into the living room or other location that allows you easier access to the bathroom and kitchen.
  • If accessing the bathroom is difficult from your bedroom and you cannot rearrange the furniture you may want to rent a commode or use bedpan or a bedside urinal. You may also want a mini-fridge or cooler in your room to keep drinks and snacks more accessible.
  • Fill your prescriptions before the day of surgery if possible.
  • Have an alarm or timer on your nightstand that you can use to set a reminder to take your medications. You might also use a medication reminder app on your smartphone.
  • Bring your ID, insurance card and Advance Care Directive Form with you on the day of surgery. Leave everything else at home unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you do not have an Advance Care Directive Form you can get one online for free or ask for it at the hospital admissions office.
  • Prepare your schedule with the expectation that your recovery time will be longer than you think.
  • Have someone with you during the discharge process to take notes and remember all of the post-surgery instructions.
  • Follow all of the post-surgery instructions from your doctor. If you aren't sure about any part of the post-surgery instructions call your doctor's office and ask for clarification.