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Preparing for Surgery / Procedure

Once the surgeon Dr. Shahzad Alam and you decides that surgery will help you it is important that you should be prepared mentally and physically for the surgery. This is very important for the successful results.Your role in understanding the process of the surgery and the whole treatment plan will help you recover more quickly and will have fewer problems.

Working with Your Doctor

Before surgery, your surgeon will give you a complete physical examination to make sure 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 before the surgery.

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

If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding.

Report any infections to your doctor. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.

Preparing for Procedure

Have someone available to take you home, you may not be able to drive for at least 24 hours. If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:

Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home. The combination of anesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting. After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat.If you had surgery on an extremity (arm, hand, leg, knee, foot), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.

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.

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