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how do i prepare for surgery?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Surgery prep: It depends on the kind of surgery. For general anesthesia, a vital preparation is to insure your stomach is completely empty, which means nothing to eat or drink for at least 12 hours prior to being put to sleep. This is to make sure there is nothing in your stomach which may "come up" as you are being put to sleep. If this happens, it can lead to aspiration pneumonia which is very serious.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Stop smoking: Eat lightly but w nutritious choices. Stop smoking. Do not over drink. Go through all meds you take w surgeon including vitamins.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I do to mentally prepare for surgery?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Team work: Preparing for surgery can be scary. Get your team, the friends and family who will be there for you through the process, support with transportation, pharmacy, diet, vitamins, appointments, physical tx. It helps to talk about your concerns, your needs before and after the procedure. Ask questions of your surgery team and understand the surgery risk/benefit for your procedure. Good luck.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

How do I prepare for surgery? I'm afraid that i may not be able to wake up after the surgery?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Speak to anesthesiol: Many people are more concerned with the anesthesia than the surgery. The most dangerous part of anyone's surgery day is the drive to the facility! life threatening anesthesia complications are rare. I have seen risks ratios of 1:60000-1:200000 anesthetics having fatal unexpected reactions. If you are a healthy 29 year old you have very little to be worried about. Praying you do well.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if i'm having surgery number two for a j-pouch, is there anything I should do to prepare?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Healthy diet: Surgery #2 usually means closing the ileostomy. That usually means you are now off steroids, have gained your healthy weight back and are generally feeling good. Keep eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. If you smoke stop. Follow your surgeons instructions.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if i'm having surgery number two for a j-pouch, is there anything I should do to prepare?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes read about it: If you already has ileostomy stoma ,You experienced difficulty of frequent bag changes Once you have pouch you don't need to do , but has to learn how to evacuate the contents with out getting injured . The stomal care team and your doctor will teach you your life style will be better Good Luck .
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how I could prepare myself for surgery?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Shape up for surgery: While UR surgeon's skill is important, UR own actions matter more than you may think. Some tips:1) Get your blood sugar tested; 2) toss the cigarettes; 3) put on walking shoes/ get fit; 4) ease up on the nightly martinis; 5) ditch the supplements; 6) address heavy snoring (got sleep apnea?); 7) follow advise regarding which medicine to take or stop; 8) optimize nutrition pre-op. (Ref. AARP 9/2014)

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