Preparing for surgery involves more than just taking time off work and reaching the hospital on time. Even the simplest of surgeries are complex in their ways. Being prepared always helps in being comfortable with the situation and having your vitals at normal levels.
There are some basic preparation steps a patient should take before the surgery. This includes instructions from your healthcare provider and a basic understanding of the most common surgical errors. Having this information at hand can minimize risks and will put your well-being first. Moreover, a discussion with the surgeon can also ease concerns.
Apart from that, there are steps that you can take to ensure you are approaching the surgery with confidence and setting the stage for a successful recovery.
- Follow Pre-operative Instructions Carefully
Your healthcare provider will issue pre-operative instructions to be followed days before the procedure. These instructions are specific to the nature of the process that you are undergoing and must be followed with due diligence.
Some standard instructions include fasting guidelines (avoiding food and beverages a few hours before the procedure), whether to exercise, certain medications to avoid, staying hydrated, etc.
Adhering to these instructions lowers the risks of complications during and after the surgery.
- Assistance and Help
Care and assistance post-surgery can govern the time it takes to recover. If you have family or friends willing to help, do not hesitate to ask for it.
Some professionals can be hired to take care of you in either case. Your body needs time to return to being normal, and while it recovers, asking for help is highly recommended.
- Make your home post-operative-friendly
The recovery period varies depending on the procedure you have undergone. Some procedures are simple and do not require extensive resting periods.
In contrast, some procedures require an elongated period of bed rest and therapy sessions for adequate recovery. Organizing your living space around your immediate needs will greatly help during this time.
However, it doesn’t mean you must reorder your entire household. It can be as simple as keeping your bedside table stocked with healthy snacks for when you want something to munch on.
- Get Your Concerns Addressed
Surgery is a significant life event, and doubts are normal. Instead of keeping them to yourself or researching online, it is always best to talk with your doctor to address your concerns.
Understanding the procedure, potential risks involved, and what to expect post-operative will help you navigate the process with confidence and peace of mind.
Taking Extra Care
Healthcare providers, including doctors and nurses, conducting the surgery have years of experience and expertise. However, it never hurts to be extra cautious about the procedure, your rate of recovery, and the medical attention you receive throughout the process.
While surgical errors are rare, they are never out of the picture. A surgical error can severely harm the patient’s health and hamper their recovery and well-being.
There have been unfortunate cases where a patient’s health deteriorated post-operative due to surgical errors. Documenting your medical records can play a crucial role in such circumstances.
The most common surgical errors include:
- Surgical instruments left inside the patient’s body
- Surgery held on the wrong side of the body
- Nerve or sustained damage to the organ
- Incorrect diagnosis
- Errors in the administration of anesthesia
- Infection as a result of the surgery
- Hemorrhage of excessive bleeding
- Absence of informed consent from the patient
- Use of surgical methods and techniques that are not proper or standardized
What Can a Patient Do?
The trauma of the errors that occurred during surgery is mentally and emotionally taxing. However, you are liable to receive compensation from the medical institution in such cases.
It is highly recommended in such cases to collect all possible pieces of evidence (medical test records and case files) and get in touch with a surgical error lawyer. They know the right thing to do and are aware of the processes to be followed to ensure your claim settles and you receive compensation for the error caused.