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How to Prepare for Surgery

Last updated 3 years ago

Preparing for surgery is the first step to achieving a healthy recovery. Whether you’re having a simple elective procedure or a major operation, it’s important to get ready properly so you can avoid delays and complications. At Brandon Regional Hospital, our surgery teams are committed to ensuring you have all of the information you need to care for yourself before and after your procedure. As your surgery date approaches, here is what you need to know.

Get Necessary Medical Tests

Before your surgery, your doctor may order blood work and other medical tests to make sure surgery is safe for you and, in some cases, to plan your treatment. Have these tests performed when your doctor tells you to so you can avoid any delays to your surgery. If you have the tests too soon or too late, your surgeon may have to reschedule your procedure.

Prepare Your Body

When you go into surgery as healthy as possible, your recovery will be faster. Eat a healthy diet before your procedure, and be sure to get plenty of vitamin C to promote healing. It’s also ideal to get regular exercise to build up your muscle strength. Talk to your surgeon about any medications you’re taking, and make any recommended adjustments accordingly. For instance, if you’re on an aspirin regimen, you may need to stop it a week before your procedure. If you’re diabetic, talk to your doctor about modifying your insulin regimen.

Plan for Recovery

Depending on your surgery, you may have special needs during your recovery. Make a plan for dealing with those demands before your surgery. Fill prescriptions and get any supplies you’ll need, including orthopedic equipment and food. If your mobility will be limited, make a plan with family and friends who can help you out around the house until you’re back on your feet.

Whatever kind of surgery you’re having, Brandon Regional Hospital is here to help you prepare. Many of our departments, including our orthopedics department, offer classes to educate patients about procedures, and we’re always available to answer your questions. In addition to our surgical procedures, we offer pediatric care, a NICU, and a Stroke Center. Find out more about our Hillsborough County hospital by calling us today at (888) 327-2636.


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