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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do i prepare for surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Passer
36 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 36 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?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 33 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.
A 39-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 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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