Every year millions of Americans undergo surgery. Whether it’s for diagnosis or treatment of a disease, the thought of surgery can create anxious, uneasy feelings. It’s natural to be nervous before surgery, but knowing what to expect can help ease your mind.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for your surgery:

1. Educate yourself about the procedure

The lack of knowledge about surgery is one of the reasons many people are anxious prior to a procedure. Meeting with your surgeon or medical team before surgery can help to alleviate the stress of the unknown. Ask questions about the procedure, what to expect before, during, and after it, and express your own concerns.

2. Prepare your body for surgery

Because surgery can put stress on your body, the healthier you are, the easier it will be to recover. Days prior to the procedure, make sure to get plenty of sleep. If you’re smoking or using any tobacco, it’s best to quit weeks prior to your surgery. Be sure to speak with your doctor about precautions regarding any medication you are on. Your doctor may recommend you stop taking them temporarily.

3. Ask about your diet

Once you’ve scheduled for your procedure, ask your doctor about diet restrictions. Some surgeries require fasting or a liquid bowel prep beforehand. Your doctor may also recommend that you stay away from certain foods, like sugary treats or alcoholic beverages, so that your body is ready for recovery after the operation.

4. Know potential surgical complications

While you would hope for the best outcome of the surgery, it is also important to know the possible complications of it. Talk to your doctor about possible outcomes. Knowing what these complications are, being aware of their signs and symptoms, and knowing what to do about them can help you better prepare for the procedure.

5. Find a good support system

After surgery, you will need somebody to take you home. You may also want someone around to watch over you until you’re back on your feet. In many cases, you will feel groggy or weak, and you may not be able to perform normal tasks immediately.

At Premier Surgical in Knoxville, our medical team ensures that you’re ready for your surgery. We have an experienced medical team that will take care of you throughout the entire surgical process.

Preparing for Surgery Tips from Premier Surgical