How to prepare for your upcoming hand surgery

The decision to have hand surgery — or surgery of any kind — shouldn’t be made lightly. Even though you won’t be performing the surgery yourself, you still have some responsibilities when it comes to preparing for surgery. Once you and your doctor decide that hand surgery is the best course of action for you, it’s time to begin preparing for the procedure both physically and mentally. 
Prior to the date of your procedure, carve out some with your doctor to discuss the steps you need to take in order to have a successful hand surgery and a speedy recovery. Your doctor should perform a physical examination to determine if you are physically able to undergo surgery, as well as to assess any present conditions that may cause difficulties.
Be sure to tell your doctor about all current medications, pills and/or topical ointments that you are using. You may be told to discontinue the use of certain medications. Inform your doctor of any illnesses or infections that you may experience, since these should be cleared up before the procedure.
If you smoke, discontinue smoking until after you have recovered from surgery — or better yet, permanently. If you are overweight, talk with your doctor about safe weight loss options to decrease the chance of complications and increase recovery efficiency. Finally, be sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet before and after your hand surgery. Consult your physician regarding which foods to eat and which to avoid.
You won’t be able to drive a car for at least 24 hours after hand surgery, so make that you’ll have someone to take you home from the surgery center or hospital. Stock your home with foods that are simple to prepare and eat. Place frequently used items, such as the remote control or your cell phone charger, in easy-to-reach places.
Ask plenty of questions regarding the hand surgery itself so that you’ll prepared for the recovery process. Knowing the length of the surgery and the recovery time will help you plan. Try to avoid scheduling your hand surgery around major events or trips in order to give your body ample recovery time.
If you’re nervous or unsure about anything regarding your upcoming hand surgery, don’t hesitate to bring it up to your doctor or surgeon. He or she is the best resource available to you.

  Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974,   Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth