It doesn’t matter if you’re facing your first surgery or your tenth; facing the prospect of an operation and the recovery to follow can be a daunting prospect. If you find yourself worrying about what might happen as you try to fall asleep at night, you aren’t alone. Many people find it difficult to keep their equilibrium as an operation looms closer and closer, especially because there’s so much to wonder about. Will you be able to pay for it? Will there be complications? Will you have enough food when you get home? Who will help you get there and back?

At Justice Healthcare Center, we used to work in hospitals. We are very familiar with the anxiety people experience and have seen it on many faces. We have also seen the discouragement and frustration people experience when having to return to the hospital due to complications after thinking they were done. We believe that successful operations start with getting good information up-front. The more you know, the calmer you’ll feel, and the less likely you’ll be surprised.

Information That Makes a Hospital Stay Easier

When you’re headed in for a scheduled operation (not an emergency situation), it’s normal to have an appointment close to the date of your operation where the surgeon answers your questions. Having questions lined up can make all the difference. If you like to scour the internet for the information you need, that’s fine, but make sure you get answers from your doctor and/or the specialist who will actually be tending to you. Here are the questions you should clear up!

What medications will you need to take before and after the operation?

Knowing what you’re going to have to take ahead of time will allow you to identify any medications that might cause issues. Of course, your care providers should know all of this, but you’re the one who will be taking the medications, so you should know, too.

What should you expect from the procedure you’re going to have?

This is often the million-dollar question, and you should get an answer that satisfies you. The surgeon/specialist should share how the procedure will happen, what will occur while you’re out, and what recovery will look like.

What kind of tests will be required before and after the operation?

This is often a question that people forget to ask. It’s common for a surgeon to order tests before an operation and possibly afterward as well. Knowing what tests will be required can eliminate unpleasant surprises when you’re stressed.

When and how frequent will follow-up appointments be?

There should always be at least one follow-up appointment, if not more. Chances are good you’ll need rides to these appointments, so knowing what to plan for can make a big difference. You can ask friends or loved ones to be available to get you to your appointments and back.

Turn to Justice Healthcare Group

Getting rides to follow-up appointments can be just one aspect of a complex recovery process. Recovering alone or under the supervision of someone who doesn’t know how to handle complications can put you back in the hospital. Don’t let that happen. Instead, turn to Justice Healthcare Group. Our professional home care experts bring years of healthcare expertise to your Houston front door!

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