‘Surgery’, a word that scares even the bravest of hearts. After all, trusting a team of people, however, highly-skilled professionals they might be, to make a fundamental change in your body, and “hoping for the best” doesn’t exactly sound comfortable. However, doctors of orthopedic hospital in Kolkata, Delhi and other metropolises suggest that gaining knowledge about the plan of action decided by the doctors increases the belief of a successful surgery.
It is important for you to understand the risks and outcomes associated with your surgery. As per multiple surveys from orthopedic hospitals across India, here are some important factors, which lay the foundation of a successful surgery:-
Have a primary discussion with your surgeon. Use layman references to describe the initial stages, pain magnitude and sensations related to the condition.
Keeping proper records of the Medical History of yourself and your family members is of the utmost importance. Knowledge of previous medical issues, genetic or personal, helps avoid complications in surgery as well as future.
Are you allergic to something? Reveal all the details to your doctor. Allergies can be due to food, smell or even medicines. Submit a list of all the medications you’ve been taking and elaborate the after-effects of allergy to avoid a counter reaction from surgery essentials like anesthesia.
Take for instance, your leg is undergoing surgery. In such a situation, previous medical records like X-ray or MRI taken during your previous leg injury will assist the doctor in making necessary changes.
Raise concerns about the slightest of issues. Will it heal completely? Will you be on medications forever? What is the worst case scenario? Don’t step into a surgery with doubts in your head.
According to experts at AMRI Hospital Kolkata, an orthopedic hospital in Kolkata, make sure you observe these steps before surgery:
An identity band will be attached to your body, generally to your hand. This is for the hospital to identify you uniquely. Since same names can create confusion, the hospital assign numbers to avoid any such scenario.
It is hospital protocol that you are enquired about allergies, medicines, drug abuse and other details on a repetitive basis. Make sure you do not hide anything under any circumstances. In case you think you have missed out on something, mention it immediately.
A final discussion will happen with you where you’ll be given a consent form to sign. Read it carefully or ask your family member to read it. It consists of details about the surgical procedure, risks and accountability involved in your medical case.
Followed by this, the doctor will use a marker to outline the area on your skin where surgery is to be performed.
Make sure that the person with you takes care of all the hospital formalities like medical policy submission, legal document photocopies, mode of payment etc. He/she can also take care of your personal belongings while you are gone for surgery.
The most important aspect is to relax and look forward to a successful surgery. Unnecessary panic will only make things difficult for you. Think of the improvement in your life after the surgery and if that doesn’t work, just keep counting sheep as you slip into a better life.