Many nagging pains or injuries will not go away no matter what you do and the option for relief that gets recommended sometimes is surgery. Being told you need to have a surgical procedure is one of the most stress and anxiety creating set of words you can hear. Your mind starts racing through the possibilities of what it might mean if anything goes wrong and how you can deal with that possibility were it to happen.
Orthopedic health problems generally come from an injury or wear and tear on a body part and at that point attention is required because of health issues and pain. In order to restore you back to where you have regained your health and movement, you will need to see your doctor for treatment.
Unless there is acute pain and the potential for severe damage to your body if not dealt with immediately, physicians will first encourage and promote non-surgical treatment options to address orthopedic problems. Any other approach is misconduct and if you are misdiagnosed you should being these allegations forward.
However, our bodies often reach a point where conservative treatments are not effective and you seeing an orthopedic surgeon like James DeVellis MD,is indeed the best option. For those looking to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle – or simply to regain basic movement and functionality – a surgical procedure may be a necessary step to getting your joints back in working order.
The thing to do when you get the word that you need a procedure done is to sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea and then go through a list of things you need to do to prepare yourself. This process will both calm you and show you that there is a way to get through this successfully.
For that reason, here is a list of things to do when you are in line for orthopedic surgery:
Get Packed for What You Need at the Hospital or Clinic
You should bring a small bag that has all of the essential items you will need for your hospital stay. This will include:
- A bathrobe
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- A change of loose fitting clothes including underwear, for when you go home.
- Any medications and vitamins you are taking.
- A list of important makes of people to contact in case of an emergency or give good news.
- A good book to read, e-reader and tablet.
- Your phone charger.
- Reading glasses and case if needed.
Leave at home any expensive jewelry, large sums of money, and electronic equipment.
Arrange in advance for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. No matter the procedure, you should never drive after surgery when you under a local or general anesthetic. Also make those whose emergency numbers you have given aware that you will be in the hospital and that they may be called in case of an emergency.
Consider Postponing if You Have any Health Issues
In the event you get sick before your surgery with a flu, bad fever or other relatively severe health issues you should consider postponing your surgery. Call you surgeon and talk over your ailment and together decide if voluntarily postponing is the best option.