Surgery is a near-miraculous form of medical intervention, but by no means a pleasant one. No one is particularly overjoyed to be receiving surgery, though its outcomes can be nothing short of life-changing at the best of times. Though the NHS continues to struggle with wait times for non-emergency surgeries, people are still being treated – and with the utmost care. As such, you may find yourself going under the knife soon after some time waiting. What should you know before you check in for your appointment?
Undergoing a medical procedure of any kind can be a scary experience. It is only natural to worry about the nature of your condition, and the outcomes of your procedure. While operations are near-exhaustively undertaken to the highest degree of professionalism in the NHS, this knowledge is unlikely to speak to the emotional side of your brain – and in spite of all assurances, you may still be worried that something could go wrong.
Rather than fighting this fear or compulsion, it can be simpler and easier to roll with it. There are unfortunate incidences wherein negligent treatment does take place; seeking professional legal advice on medical negligence before you go to the hospital could help alleviate any concerns you have, and give you clarity on what to do in the worst-case scenario.
Cease Unhealthy Habits
Ahead of any kind of invasive surgery, it is always a good idea to get a more purposeful handle on your health. This is particularly true of surgeries involving general anaesthetic, where smoking and drinking can interact poorly with the drugs used. Eating a more balanced diet in the weeks running up to your surgery can also help keep inflammation down, improving recovery.
Double-Check Pre-Operation Instructions
Before your operation, you will receive some instructions from your surgeon or doctor about the necessary steps you’ll need to take before surgery. Depending on the location and nature of your procedure, you may be required to abstain from eating or drinking for up to a day prior to your surgery date. You might receive specific instructions about removing piercings or other body modifications, but it can be good practice to remove everything before your surgery anyway.
Pack for a Comfortable Stay
When packing for your hospital stay, you should expect to stay for a number of days and pack accordingly. Rather than packing as if you’re going on holiday, you should pack as if you’re having a sick day at home. You will be more grateful than you might think for having packed yourself slippers, comfortable clothes and creature-comfort toiletries.
Arrange Transport Home
Lastly, even if you have spent a period of time at the hospital recovering post-surgery, you will be in no condition to make your own way home come discharge time. As such, you should make arrangements in advance for your return journey. You might ask a friend or family member to collect you from the hospital, or you might pre-arrange a taxi to take you straight home on your day of release.