How it Feels to Have Surgery

Surgeries can be life-changing medical procedures in negative or positive ways. This is why surgeons recommend general patient awareness regardless of the type of surgery you are going to have. There are two major surgery categories: inpatient and outpatient surgery. Inpatient surgery requires patients to remain in the hospital after their procedure, unlike outpatient surgery, in which you return home the same day after your surgery is complete. Before surgery, there are crucial tips that you and your nurse will have to consider.

Before Surgery

On the scheduled surgery day, the experts will send you to the pre-op section of the hospital, where a registered, competent nurse will care for you and inform you about all there is to know concerning your surgery. Prior to your surgery, you will be provided with an identification bracelet, gown, paper bonnet, and any other necessary garments. Your nurse will request that you remove all jewelry or contact lenses. They will then ask you questions about your medical history, family genetics, and allergies of any kind. Women will also be asked about their pregnancy history. Finally, your nurse will ask about any medications, drugs, alcohol, or other substances that may be present in your body.

Following these steps, your nurse will record your vital signs such as your heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature. They will prepare your body for surgery as necessary, taking steps such as shaving the treatment area as needed. An IV line will be initiated, and final blood tests may be completed.

After all these considerations, you will meet anesthetists or certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). Their role is to give you nerve-numbing drugs to help you deal with surgical pain. There are different types of anesthesia but standard anesthesia is the most preferred.

During Surgery

Moments before the surgery begins, you will be wheeled into the OR. Here, you will notice surgeons and nurses wearing protective surgical attire. These include paper bonnets, face masks, gloves, eyeglasses, and paper caps. The OR has to be clean as this will protect you against potential infections from germs in the OR.

After Surgery

You will head to the post-operation room, where you can interact with the doctor and nurses to learn about your progress. Remember that it is normal to feel sickly, nauseous, chilly, confused, and probably sad after the surgery. However, once the anesthesia fades off, you can go to the general resting room for further monitoring before the healthcare experts approve your discharge from the facility.

How to Ease the Surgery Tension

Surgery is a scary procedure for most people, which is why experts recommend doing the following if you feel afraid.

• Prepare all questions before the surgery.

• Understand all instructions.

• Avoid bad habits like smoking and drug abuse.

• Exercise relaxation techniques.

• Inform a few people.

• Only pack what you need.

Schedule a Consultation in Draper, UT

If you are interested in plastic surgery, the first step is scheduling a consultation. Contact Howland Plastic Surgery by calling our office or sending us a message online to set up your first appointment.