Whether you're addressing your varicose veins or undergoing balloon angioplasty, working alongside your vascular surgeon to make the procedure smoother leads to great post-operative outcomes. Before your surgery, you'll attend a pre-operative appointment. Preparing for this appointment and adhering to any instructions you receive will make the procedure more successful.
Give your vascular surgeon a full and concise medical history
During your pre-operative appointment, the vascular surgery team will ask you some questions. This may include details such as:
Before your appointment, prepare a list of any medications you're taking, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies. Your vascular surgeon may ask you to stop taking some until after the surgery, as drugs such as blood thinners make surgery more difficult. In addition, give an honest overview of your smoking, drinking, and fitness habits, as this allows the team to give you sound advice for recovering after the procedure.
Follow special instructions carefully
While you can continue taking some medications, others might make your surgeon's job more difficult. This doesn't just include blood thinners, it may also mean over-the-counter pills such as Ibuprofen, water tablets, and some diabetes treatments. Only do this on the advice of a medical professional, as they'll carefully weigh up the benefits and risks before asking you to take action. In addition, you may need to stop eating at a certain point before the surgery - when you do this, you reduce the risk of aspirating your stomach's contents. Finally, pay attention to special instructions such as quitting smoking, as continuing could delay wound recovery.
Alert them to any changes in your condition
Alerting your surgeon to any changes in your condition is especially important if you have a chronic disease that affects your immune system, such as Crohn's. While a relapse in your condition won't always act as a barrier to surgery, it may change the approach your surgeon wants to take. Being honest with the medical team allows them to make adjustments that keep you safe.
With open communication and a consistent approach to your health, you can enhance the post-operative recovery period and make your surgery a success. Should you have any questions during your treatment, always ask so you can progress while feeling comfortable about the journey ahead.
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