Preparing for Surgery
The physical and mental health of the patients is important for a surgery to be successful. As far as possible, the need of the body going for treatment should be coupled with a mental preparedness.
The staff at Renai believes in making the patients feel at home and make
them feel comfortable and be familiar with the people involved in their
surgery. The team at all Surgery departments take this preparation a
very important step in the treatment process.
We also believe in
being transparent and open about what the surgery is all about. It is
the patient’s right to know as well. The pros and cons of the surgery
are detailed out and the patient’s queries are answered in a session.
patient should know the kind of care that needs to be taken before and
after the surgery. The support system of the hospital will be made
familiar to the patient and utmost care is given to the issues of safety
about which the patient and bystander would be given a detailed account
of do’s and don’ts.
Following are some of the general guidelines if you are preparing to undergo a surgery:
- Prepare your hospital bag. Make sure you have everything you need for the Hospital.
- Check with the Hospital regarding any necessary paperwork you need to
bring with you, for example insurance pre-approvals, insurance cards,
MRI films, prescriptions etc.
Your doctor will advise you
- Whether you need to stop eating and drinking in the hours before your operation.
- Whether you should stop taking your usual medications before going into the surgery.
- Remove all make-up and nail polish before your operation as the
doctors will need to see your skin and nails to make sure your blood
circulation is healthy.
- Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol.
- Avoid aspirin or other aspirin-like medications that interfere with
blood clotting for five to seven days before your surgery, but be sure
to discuss it with your health care provider before stopping any
- Inform your doctor if you develop any symptoms before your surgery (cough, sore throat, runny nose etc.)
- If you use insulin or an inhaler, bring it with you to the hospital.
Contact your doctor a few days in advance for instructions on how to
manage your diabetes on the day of your surgery.
- If you use
glasses or hearing aids, bring them with you to the hospital. If you
wear dentures or partial dentures, you may wear them to the hospital.
Depending on the surgical procedure you have, dentures may or may not be
- Don’t wear makeup, jewellery or contact lenses on the day of surgery.
- Shower before the night or before the day of surgery.
- Do not bring valuables or jewellery.
Specifically find out from the doctor:
- When to see the doctor again
- What to do about bandages
- When is bathing permitted
- When it is ok to be alone in the house
- When you can drive
If you need to find out more, please do not hesitate to call us.