If you have a surgery coming up, then you should ask your surgeon as many questions as you’d like to find out more information about the procedure, so you feel completely comfortable before anything starts. This is your body so you deserve to know exactly what is going on, so you can prepare accordingly! Here are a few of the important questions you should ask your surgeon, although of course any more will vary depending on the specific procedure! Whether you are having general or cosmetic surgery, do a bit of research before and ask your surgeon any questions, to make the whole experience more stress free.
How Long Will I Need Off Work?
Knowing how long it will take for you to recover from the surgery is really important, as you will need to speak to work and organise cover. Depending on the type of work you do and also the type of operation you have, you could need anywhere between 2 weeks and 2 months off work, or potentially much longer, so getting a ballpark from your surgeon is important. It is also important to ask them if there is any risk of recovery taking longer than expected, and if so, find out how long this might be. This way, you can be prepared for the best and worst case scenarios.
How Long Will The Procedure Take?
Another thing that you should ask is how long the procedure itself will take, if you haven’t already been told. Family and friends may be concerned during the surgery, so if you can give them an estimate of how long the surgery will take, how long it will take to wake up from the anaesthetic and when you might be able to get in touch, this will put their mind at rest. Also, having surgery can be quite disorientating, so knowing for yourself can help you to feel more prepared.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects?
You should find out if there are any potential side effects from your surgery, so again, you can get prepared. For example, people may experience a very dry mouth after surgery, so you can have spray ready to make recovery more comfortable. You might have a very sore throat as a result of the tube placed down the windpipe during surgery, so having soft foods at home is important. You might be at high risk of wound infection, so will need plenty of spare bandages or transport to the hospital to have them changed.
These will differ depending on your surgery, so just make sure to ask this specifically so you can get anything you need prepared!
How Mobile Will I Be After The Surgery?
Finding out how mobile you will be after surgery is also important! If you have a breast reduction Manchester based, you are likely to be mobile after a week or so, but someone having a knee replacement in London will have a very different experience!
Knowing how mobile will be will help you to plan, as you may need help at home. If you know you won’t be very mobile, you could batch cook and freeze lots of healthy meals to make life easier afterwards, for example. With this, you will know how to prepare for your surgery in advance, so you can simply relax before the procedure without worrying about what to expect after your surgery.
By asking a few simple questions before your procedure, you will feel so much more prepared and relaxed, which is important to help your body relax and de-stress before.