Tips About Surgery

I frequently get asked many questions about surgery and I always encourage my patients to ask me all of their questions. I will try to answer them as best as possible. If you have trouble understanding my statements, please ask me again. I would not want you to undergo surgery without fully knowing what you need surgery for and why you are about to undergo it.

At any rate, the following is what you need to do concerning your scheduled surgery.

Pre - Operative (equals what is done or what you do before surgery)

  • You will be notified by one of my office medical staff that your surgery has been authorized by the appropriate individual. At this point my medical staff and you will schedule the date for surgery. Also, a certain day will be scheduled for you to be seen and evaluated sometime before the scheduled date of surgery.
  • You will need to be seen on the scheduled day before your actual surgery date. This is extremely important because sometimes patients are too sick (for example, having caught a cold or gotten the flu) to undergo surgery. If this happens, the actual scheduled date of surgery may be changed.
  • If you are found to be OK for surgery, certain forms will be completed by me and my office staff. These papers (history and physical forms, surgical consent, and other forms) will need to be brought to the hospital (short stay surgery area) so that certain ordered laboratory tests can be done prior to the actual surgery data. These laboratory tests may include various blood and urine tests, an EKG (electrocardiogram = diagnostic test for the heart) and possibly other X - rays (like a chest x - ray). These tests, and others, may be necessary before the actual surgery is done

(Before going to the short stay area, you may have to register at the Patient Admissions section before going to short stay surgery. Check with my office staff.)

Before leaving my office, please make sure that you have a scheduled return appointment following surgery.