What You Should Know Before Deciding on a Surgical Procedure

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Know All Your Treatment Options

By Guest Author, Paisley Hansen

If you are not sure about the surgical procedure ahead of you, it is essential to speak with your family members and your doctor to analyze both advantages and disadvantages. Nobody likes surgery, and unless they are necessary, people will always consider other treatment options. This article discusses some of the factors that you need to know before deciding to proceed with surgery.

Know What to Expect

One of the most critical aspects that you will need to consider before making the final decision is learning what to expect. You should ask your surgeon to brief you on everything that will happen and the entire surgical procedure. Is it painful? Will it deform your body? How long will it take? Are there less invasive treatment methods?

These are some of the things your surgeon should explain to you. You should also be interested in the success rate of the surgical procedure you will be undergoing. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion. 

Know All Treatment Options

There may be other, more natural, solutions to consider. Before signing on the surgery consent form, it is important to review other treatment options. You should focus on ensuring that surgery is the last resort.

If there are other possible and viable treatment options, delay surgeries, and try them and see whether they will work.

For example, if you have knee issues, you may consider stem cell therapy for knees, which is minimally invasive and is a treatment option that can eradicate inflammation and delay knee replacement surgery.

Know the Risks

As you already know, no surgery is 100% risk-free. All surgeries have their complications, some of which are minimal while others are severe.  Ask your surgeon to highlight all the possible complications and the chances that each one could occur.

Also, be aware of the worst thing that can happen in a particular surgical procedure as that will help you to make your decision. In other words, it’s important to know if the “pros” outweigh the “cons”. 

Know Whether Anesthesia is Needed or Not

Most of the surgeries can involve pain, and as such, you will need anesthesia to eliminate or minimize the pain. However, you should know what type of anesthesia will be used. Make sure your surgeon has tested for any chance that you could an allergic reaction with any form of anesthesia. You should also meet with the anesthesiologist to discuss the entire experience.

Find out all possible side-effects from the anesthesia after your surgery and how it could affect your overall health.

Know How Long of a Recovery Period

Know everything you need to know with your recovery and the length of the recovery period. For example, it is crucial to understand how long you will spend in the hospital and what limitations will be placed on you.

At home, your surgeon should inform you of the physical activities you need to avoid or to engage in so that you can recover within a short period of time. You will also need to know what (if any) equipment that may be required to aid in the recovery process.

Know Holistic Options for Fast Recovery

It’s important to find out what your options are in the recovery period. If you want to heal quickly and healthily, holistic solutions are preferred.

Consider serrapeptase, an enzyme, that helps reduce inflammation and the build-up of scar tissue that often results of any surgical procedure. This is done as a result of serrapeptase breaking the dead tissues and excess fibrin, thus eliminating the body’s defense mechanism, which is known as inflammation. The body is then able to clean out the burdensome dead tissues and fibrin growths, allowing for the healing process to begin more effectively.

Additionally, there are several other options when it comes to choosing medicine.

Some people try to push through the pain instead of taking potentially harmful and addictive painkillers, but that could also set you back regarding your recovery period. Instead, consider the use of turmeric. 

Turmeric can be used to help reduce pain, instead of using potentially harmful painkillers. Turmeric also helps to prevent blood clots, digestive problems, and inflammation, all of which are common issues after an operation.

Additionally, be sure to know what kinds of foods you should eat after surgery. Of course, depending on the type of surgery you get, may want to go for a lighter menu for a while so your body can recover and heal. 

You may also want to consider yoga, as this helps you to start moving your body gently after the ordeal of surgery. Further, yoga can also help you to relax your body, which will help your recovery period go much faster.

Know Your Surgeon’s Experience

The experience and qualifications of your surgeon are important aspects that you should put into consideration. You don’t want your surgery to be handled by a trainee, or a surgeon who is not familiar with the surgical procedure would undergo. It is your right to check on the credentials, successes, and failures of your surgeon with the same surgical procedure.

Know ALL Associated Costs

It is important to analyze the costs associated with the surgery your doctor has recommended. Surgery is expensive enough, let alone all the possible additional fees.  So be sure to what these additional fees could be and if they can be avoided. A patient advocate can help liaison between you and your insurance company to determine whether the price can be lowered to more affordable levels. 

Finally, it is important to let your feelings and opinion known to the surgeon and all other persons involved. After all, you are the one who will go through the surgical experience. So make sure that you are comfortable and satisfied with the entire process.

Hi, my name is Paisley. I am a mother, freelance writer, and an expert in health, fitness, and spiritual well-being. I believe the body already knows how to heal itself and is just trying to tell you how. I also believe that the body craves natural solutions for everyday issues. When I am not writing I can be found enjoying a good book or hitting the gym.