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Things to Consider Before Having Surgery

Posted by Staff on December 09, 2016

woman sitting on bed thinkingNo one wants to hear the news that they need surgery. For many people, the idea of “going under the knife” evokes fear and anxiety. Even if you know that having a procedure done will help improve your health and quality of life—or even save your life—the thought of surgery can make you feel anxious and out of control.

That’s why understanding what’s involved with surgery and your hospital’s surgical services is so important. It can really ease your mind, knowing what to expect and knowing you have a qualified and extremely skilled staff working hard to protect your health and well-being before, during, and after surgery.

Every Surgery is Different

There are a lot of aspects you and your doctor will need to consider before deciding whether to have surgery. What exactly your specific surgery involves will depend on the situation you’re in: your health status before surgery, what area of the body needs surgery, and the type of surgical technique that will be used.

The exact same procedure might be quick and easy with one patient, and difficult and risky with another. A lot can depend on whether the surgery is an emergency or scheduled, whether the procedure is considered minor or major, inpatient or outpatient.

Planning for Surgery

There are also major differences in planning for surgery. Sometimes surgery is just one treatment option among several, but sometimes it is the only option. Some operations can save your life, and others may be unneeded. You will likely need pre-surgical testing and consultations to determine the need for an operation.

There’s also the details of the operation that the surgeon will need to plan. For example, some operations can be done using just local anesthesia, meaning just the specific body part is numbed for operation and you are conscious during surgery. Whereas some operations require general anesthetic, where you are completely unconscious and you will not feel pain during surgery.  

If you’re feeling nervous about your upcoming surgery, asking the right questions and knowing what to expect can make you feel more comfortable and more in control of your situation.

Make sure you communicate your concerns to your doctor before the day of your surgery. Ask your doctor about the chances of success, complications, and risks. If you ever need clarity from your doctor, ask for it.

Finally, be sure to stay actively involved in the whole process. Follow all instructions before, during, and after your surgery. This will help ensure a smooth operation as well as a successful recovery.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery

(from John Hopkins Medicine)

  1. What is the operation being recommended?
  2. Why is the procedure needed?
  3. What are my alternatives to this procedure? Are there other treatment choices available based on my current medical condition?
  4. What are the benefits of the surgery and how long will they last?
  5. What are the risks and possible complications of having the operation?
  6. What happens if I do not have the operation?
  7. If I decide, after weighing the benefits and risks of the surgery, not to have the operation, what will happen?
  8. Should I get a second opinion?
  9. What is the healthcare provider's experience in doing this procedure?
  10. Where will the surgery be performed?
  11. What type of anesthesia will be administered?
  12. What can I expect during recovery?
  13. What are the costs of this operation?

question mark bubblesIf you’re facing surgery currently or if the day comes that you find out you need surgery, don’t let fear and uncertainty get in the way of thinking clearly about your situation. We hope for you to be well equipped with the right questions to discuss with your doctor to help you make the best-informed decisions you can about your health care.

About Orchard Hospital’s Surgical Services

Orchard Hospital offers an array of convenient on-site surgical services. We offer both inpatient and outpatient services. We strive to provide an extraordinary level of care, including compassion, knowledge and skill.

Our surgery crew is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a maximum on-call time of 30 minutes from notification to arrival in the surgical suite. Each operating room is conducted independently and simultaneously five days a week.

Orchard Hospital Surgical Staff includes Orthopedic Surgeons, General Surgeons, and Colo-Rectal Surgeon. We have an exceptional staff that exemplifies patient advocacy and teamwork.

Types of Surgeries Performed at Orchard Hospital

At a general level, there are a few types of surgery: minor and major surgeries and outpatient and inpatient surgeries.

Orchard Hospital offers two surgical suites capable of laparoscopic surgery services including

  • Single site system
  • General surgery services
  • Total joint replacement
  • Arthroscopy
  • Emergency surgical services
  • Gynecological surgery
  • Podiatry surgical services, including ankle joint replacements and endoscopy procedures

Our general surgeons offer major procedures such as:

  • Colon Resection
  • Hernia Repairs
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hemorrhoidectomies
  • Appendectomies

Inpatient surgery means it is a surgical procedure that requires an overnight hospital stay. Major surgery is usually more complicated, requiring hospitalization and close observation after surgery before you can be discharged from the hospital.

The Acute Care unit is where most patients receive personalized, 24 hour per day care, at Orchard Hospital. Our experienced staff on this unit serves our patients who are hospitalized to receive specialized medical and surgical treatments and procedures that are not manageable as an outpatient.

The Medical Specialty CenterYour Everyday Health Care Clinicat Orchard Hospital performs numerous minor outpatient surgical procedures on-site. Outpatient surgery, also called ambulatory surgery, means it is a surgical procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay. Minor surgical procedures are commonly less complicated, allowing patients to return home the same day.

Minor procedures include:

  • Minimally invasive surgeries
  • Removal of lipomas or skin lesions
  • Incision and drainage of abscess and infected areas
  • Removal of cysts, moles, and skin tags
  • Toenail removal
  • Minor suturing (stitches)
  • IUD implantation or removal

*Our surgeons also perform endoscopic procedures such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopies.

Our orthopedic surgeon performs operations such as:

  • Total knee replacement
  • Shoulder & knee arthroscopy
  • Repair of rotator cuff
  • Repair of fractured hands, arms, legs, and hips
  • Tendon procedures, such as repair of the bicep tendon and Achilles heel
  • Carpel tunnel releases
  • Removal of hardware placed during fracture repairs
  • Removal of arthritic cysts and growths

Our mission at Orchard Hospital is to provide our community with superior healthcare. We strive to ensure that your experience at Orchard Hospital is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Our priority is to provide you with the care you need when you need it, with skill, compassion, and respect.

Topics: Services, Surgery

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