Preparing for Your Surgery
An entire team of professionals will be involved in preparing you for your surgery; this includes physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, and office staff. Yet, the most important team member is you.
Prior to your procedure, be sure to discuss any concerns about your surgery with your physician. Your physician can help you understand the risks and benefits involved with your particular procedure.
A great deal of information will be required when preparing for your procedure. Providing the most accurate and complete information possible will assist your caregivers in providing safe care.
Perhaps the most important information you will share is your personal health information:
- Your medical history, including all other surgeries
- Allergies to medicines, foods, and latex
- General health information
- Recent illness including fever, cold, or rash
- Current prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, herbals, and vitamins
- The use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
- Any chronic medical problems including diabetes or high blood pressure
Remember, it is very important that you take an active role in your healthcare.