Surgery Patients

Friday, May 01, 2015

Surgery patients can be overwhelmed and sometimes do not ask their surgeons the best questions to understand the operation and to make sure they have good outcomes. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice to surgery patients in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Surgery is often a major, life-changing event. Before having an operation, you must understand what disease you have and if there are ways of treating the disease without an operation. You should find out if the problem you have is common and if there is anything unusual about your condition.

Ask your surgeon about things you can do before surgery to improve the likelihood of having a good result. Should you exercise? Stop smoking? Go on a diet? Surgery is often associated with short-term limitations in activity and diet restrictions.

Ask your surgeon about how much pain you should expect and how it can best be managed.

Ask how long you will be unable to work and make sure the surgeon knows what type of work you do.

What type of complications might occur? If you have a problem after leaving the hospital, who should you call or where should you go for help?

Asking a few questions can get you as prepared as possible for your procedure.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.