PREPARING FOR SURGERY
BEFORE SURGERY YOU MAY HAVE TESTS SUCH AS:
Your doctor may also recommend that you see other healthcare providers and talk with you about which medications you should take the morning of your surgery.
GETTING READY FOR YOU SURGERY
You and your care team will work together to get ready for your surgery.
Think about what medications you’re on to help keep yourself.
I take a blood thinner, such as:
Obviously, there are many other medications and your overall health to factor in. The smallest little thing could be important so do not leave anything out.
PRESURGICAL TESTING (PST)
Before your surgery, you’ll have an appointment for presurgical testing (PST). The date, time, and location will be printed on the appointment reminder from your surgeon’s office. It’s helpful to bring the following things to your PST appointment:
Just before you go into surgery you sort of sign your life away. Without the signature, the surgery doesn’t go ahead.
I know it’s easier said than done but keeping calm just before surgery is so important. Surgery will not take place if your blood pressure is high. I took a book with me and drowned myself in the story so deeply that when it finally became my turn, my blood pressure stayed really low.
During your PST appointment, you’ll meet with a nurse practitioner (NP). They work closely with anesthesiology staff (specialized healthcare providers who will give you anaesthesia during your surgery).
Identify your caregiver