Surgery Preparation in Jackson
Now that you are scheduled for surgery, it’s important to speak with
your medical team about some important medical information. The surgeon,
nurses, anesthesiologist, and supporting staff need to be made familiar
with any allergies you have, medications you take, and your medical history.
This is sometimes done by a phone call, but an in-person interview may
be necessary if the team feels you should undergo some simple tests. The
information you provide in these interviews is extremely important for
determining how anesthesia is administered and what you should do the
day of the operation. Make sure you answer all questions honestly.
If you are expecting a surgery and receive a call from a local number you
do not recognize, answer it. For your privacy, doctors and nurses rarely
leave phone messages regarding medical procedures.
- Depending on your age, physical condition, and procedure, tests may be
required before your surgery, including:
- Blood testing
- Cardio testing
- Respiratory testing
- Pregnancy test
Preparing for Contingencies
Inform your doctor of any and all medications or herbal supplements you
take regularly. Many of these can interfere with the drugs administered
during surgery and you may be asked to stop taking them until after your
procedure. Your doctor should be able to offer you some alternative so
that you do not encounter any serious side effects without your regular
You should prepare Advanced Directives before your procedure. An Advanced
Directive is similar to power of attorney. When you are under anesthesia,
you are incapable of making decisions about your care if something unexpected
happens. You have a right to have some say in these decisions even if
you are not fully mentally capable. Creating an Advanced Directive ahead
of time instructs doctors on what to do for certain contingencies. You
can also assign a trusted friend or loved one to make decisions on your
behalf. You do not need an attorney to create an Advanced Directive. Ask
the medical team about what you can do to make sure your directives are followed.
For more on what you can do to prepare for surgery, please review our online guide.