6 Steps To Take Before Surgery

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Having surgery can be a nerve-wracking experience. The build up to the big day, the unknowns and the recovery process are a lot to handle. There are things that you can do, steps that you can take to help relieve some of the nervousness and to help ensure a successful surgery.


  1. Talk With the Doctor:

After you receive the news that you require surgery, speak with your doctor and/or surgeon to get details on the procedure. Ask questions about the procedure, any prep required and what the recovery process will be like.

  1. Get All Pre-Op Blood Work/Testing:

Most surgeries require pre-op blood work or other testing. Testing could include CAT scan, MRI, X-Ray, or ultra sound. It is important that you have any blood work or testing that is required before surgery – if not, surgery will most likely be delayed.

  1. Make Work Arrangements:

Notify your work that you need some time off for surgery. You don’t have to go into great detail on the procedure unless HR requires it. However, they do need some expectation on when you will return and if there will be any special needs that they will need to accommodate afterward. Some jobs will warn you that if you don’t return within a specified amount of time, you will still have a job – but it may not be the same one that you were doing before going on medical leave.

  1. Speak With Insurance Company:

It is always important to speak with your health insurance company before undergoing any type of medical procedure. Oftentimes, your surgeon will need to send in an approval request to your insurance company ahead of time to ensure the procedure will be covered. By following up with your insurance company, you will verify what portion of the surgery you will be financially responsible for.

  1. Arrange Help for Afterward:

Speak with a family member or friends to secure some assistance after you leave the hospital. You may need someone to drive you home or help you with tasks like cooking or getting in and out of bed. It is important to arrange this ahead of the surgery so you will be prepared and not have to worry.

  1. Talk With Anesthesiologist:

Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will come back and speak with you. They try and gauge how nervous you are and will ask you questions about allergies and if you have had anesthesia before. If you are panicking, they may administer some medicine to help you relax. In addition, most surgeons will even speak with you again to answer last minute questions and calm your nerves before wheeling you back to the surgical room.


With surgery, can come nervousness. But if you take steps ahead of time and get prepared, you will have a better surgical experience.