Preparing for Surgery – A Little Planning Goes a Long Way Toward a Smoother Recovery

When you’re planning for a minimally invasive surgery, preparing ahead of time can help you enjoy a faster, safer recovery.

As a highly skilled orthopaedic and spine surgeon, Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, offers some inside tips to help you get your home and your body ready for surgery. Dr. Bo works closely with you in advance of your surgery to ensure the best possible outcome and can recommend specific steps you need to take before your surgical procedure.

Here are some preparation tips to help you get ready for surgery day:

Learn all you can

Knowing what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery can help you not only in your recovery but also in your planning stages.

Take time to speak with Dr. Bo about what you can expect in all aspects of your surgery – from the type of anesthesia you receive, the procedures he will use to make repairs, and how long you will need to be off work and other activities while you heal.

Focus on your health

Prior to any surgery, you should focus on improving your health. This may include quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting daily exercise. You should also make necessary changes in your day to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Being healthy during surgery is important not only for the success of your surgery, but to reduce your risk for complications that can develop while under anesthesia and your recovery from anesthesia.

Discuss your medications

If you take medications to treat an existing condition, make sure to discuss them with Dr. Bo prior to your surgery. There are certain medications that you may need to stop taking in the days leading up to your surgery to prevent complications.

You should also avoid the use of alcohol and recreational drugs before surgery, as they can both interfere with the use of anesthesia and cause surgery complications.

Take time off

If your surgery requires several days of recovery, whether in the hospital or at home, be sure to inform your employer and other essential people of your need for time off. Dr. Bo can provide details about how long your recovery will take during your consultation.

By taking care of your responsibilities in advance of your surgery day, you can go into your procedure without unnecessary stress.

Prepare your home

In order to recover safely at home, you should prepare your space before your surgery. Make sure to clear out objects from bed and bathroom to reduce your risk for falls and organize the things you need most around your bed or wherever you plan to recover.

Put ice packs in the freezer, so they’re ready if you need them after surgery to ease inflammation and pain. Shop for over-the-counter pain medications and clean dressings if you’ll need them before your procedure, so you’ll have what you need on hand.

Enlist help from family and friends

In the early days of your recovery, you may be restricted to bedrest. Coordinate with your friends and family for help with your basic needs, such as making meals, shower assistance, picking up prescriptions, and running any other errands that you need.

You will also likely need someone to accompany you on the day of your surgery and drive you home afterward. If you live alone, it may be worthwhile to ask someone to stay over for a day or two immediately following your surgery.

Follow through with after-care instructions

After your surgery, Dr. Bo provides instructions for your recovery. Be sure to follow his instructions completely, including taking your medications for pain management as directed, changing dressings if necessary, and scheduling a follow-up visit within a few days of your procedure.

You should also stay proactive about physical therapy and other rehabilitative services you need to recover fully from your surgery.

If you’re getting ready for minimally invasive surgery and still have questions, contact Dr. Bo and the staff at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care office nearest you or by using the online booking system today.

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