Preparing for surgery

Once you and Dr. Love decide that surgery will help you, you'll need to learn what to expect from the surgery and, together with Dr Love and his staff, create a treatment plan for the best results afterward.

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 fewer problems.

Working with Your Doctor

Before surgery, Dr Love will ensure 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 in the week before the surgery. If there are any concerns about other medical conditions they may need to be investigated by other doctors before you undergo surgery.

Discuss any medications you are taking with Dr Love and your family doctor to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.

Discuss options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.

If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.

Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron, particularly if undergoing a major operation of any kind.

Report any infections to Dr Love. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.

Preparing for 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 start getting 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 the pain.