What to Expect for Your First Surgery
Going in for your first Surgery can be very scary, but it’s usually much easier to cope with the situation if you know what to expect. Understanding the process before it happens will allow you to gain some confidence and comfort. Prior to your first surgery, consider the following information.
Getting the Basic Details
Before the operation, your doctor will let you know whether you can go home the same day of the procedure, or if an overnight hospital stay is required. He or she will also tell you what time to arrive at the hospital. That conversation is a great opportunity to bring up any concerns you have. Addressing any concerns before the day of your surgery will help ease any uncertainties.
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Arriving for the Procedure
After you check in at the hospital or outpatient facility, you’ll be asked to remove your jewelry, dentures, wig or any other accessories that could interfere with the operation. A nurse will ask you to change into a hospital gown and check your vital signs. You’ll likely get a chance to talk to your doctor and anesthesiologist before being taken to the operating room.
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You will be given a local anesthetic that numbs only a specific part of your body and allows you to stay awake during the procedure, or a general anesthetic that puts you in an unconscious state. If your doctor recommends the first option, you’ll notice the operating room is full of special equipment like smoke evacuators, monitors and special lighting. Even if the unfamiliar environment is slightly overwhelming, rest assured the surgical team will do their best to put your fears at ease
Recovering Immediately After Surgery
The amount of time between when the surgery is completed and when you can go home will vary. It will depend on the type of procedure you had and how your body reacts to the anesthetic. Your doctor will make sure you’re at least alert and able to drink liquids before discharging you. He or she will also provide homecare instructions to keep you comfortable and minimize complications.
Before leaving the hospital, you’ll receive the date for a follow-up appointment with your physician. Expect to get some details about symptoms you might experience in the days ahead, and learn how to tell if there’s a problem.
Be sure to follow any directions carefully, and don’t be afraid to use the provided contact information if it feels like something’s not quite right when you’re recovering at home. It’s a good idea to have a friend or family member on call in case you need help around the house and want to be able to rest fully.
Surgical procedures are becoming more advanced as the medical industry evolves. The first operation can be frightening even if you are generally comfortable in hospital environments. However, being informed about the basic process of your first procedure should make you feel more at ease before, during and after the event.
Adrienne is a health-conscious blogger who writes at Miss Rx.