Going under the knife is a big step, whether it is medical or cosmetic. Patients need to be prepared from day one to ensure the success of the procedure, decrease the risk of complications, and speed up healing and recovery. Whether they are going to go through a tummy tuck surgery in Dubai or a simple tooth extraction, these steps are necessary and should be followed with utmost precaution.
If you are undergoing a surgery in the near future, here are some preoperative pointers that patients should remember:
- Do not eat after receiving anaesthesia
Preparation for a surgery can take days. Some surgeons/physicians advise their patients to lessen their food intake nearing the day of the surgery. When the patient receives a general anaesthesia, he/she will not be allowed to eat. Try not to break this rule. Although it may seem a little harsh, there is a reason behind this procedure. This is to prevent the patient from vomiting during the surgery. Vomiting will not only complicate the procedure but it can also block the airways of the patient that can lead to asphyxiation.
- Do not take aspirin or any medications that are not prescribed
During a surgical procedure, the surgeons need their patients’ blood to be stable, not just the pressure, but the “thickness” of it. If the blood is thin, the blood will not clot and the healing process would be delayed and complicated. Doctors strongly advise patients against taking medicines and prescriptions that can make the blood thin, like the aspirin. Every orthodontist in Dubai instructs their patients not to drink aspirin before the procedure despite the fever and mild pain
- Do the necessary paperwork
Patients need to focus their attention on their upcoming surgery, but sometimes, you need to process the necessary papers and documents for admin purposes. Be sure to get that out of the way days before the surgery. Have someone to process the necessary papers so the patient can do their part for pre-operative preparation.
- Make necessary adjustments at home
It is important for patients to prepare their home days before the operation so they can just focus on healing and recovery. This would include stacking their pantry, rearranging their furniture and doing the heavy work (e.g. house cleaning) days before the surgery.