PreOp Patient Education
Saturday, August 13, 2022

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  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure


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Following the procedure, you'll be moved then to a recovery area where you can relax until the sedation and anesthetic has worn off - and until the doctor is satisfied that you are fit to go home. Plan on spending several hours in recovery. Your doctor may be able to give you a more precise estimate prior to surgery.

Before you leave, you'll probably be prescribed a pain killer along with any other medication your doctor feels you need to take.

Most patients experience at least some pain following surgery, but if properly handled, it shouldn't present any serious problems.
Pain used to be regarded as an unavoidable side effect of surgery, but today pain can be managed with great effectiveness.
And as the patient, you have an important role to play.
Before surgery, be sure to ask the medical staff about the type and duration of pain normally associated with your surgery.
Find out, in advance, about your pain management options. Work with the staff to develop a pain management plan. Discuss your options. There are alternatives to drugs that can lessen your need for pain medication.
Ask your doctor for help finding a pain management class. Many of these workshops teach helpful relaxation techniques, positive thinking and nerve stimulation exercises.
Following surgery, make sure to let your nurse know right away how you're feeling and whether or not you are in any pain. Be specific, and help them to measure your discomfort.
If you're having trouble expressing yourself, try to rank what you're feeling on a scale from 1 to 10.
Never be shy about asking for help. If you experience pain that just won't go away, report it to the nurse.
Pain is an important indicator that helps you and your medical staff understand your body's healing process...
Lower GI endoscopy only rarely leads to complications.
The main risk is creating a tear - with bleeding as a result. In most cases, bleeding like this will stop on it's own. In extremely rare cases, further surgery may be required. At home, you should be able to resume normal activities, as you feel able.

  • Finally, you must also arrange for transportation to and from the place at which the procedure will be performed. Everyone reacts differently to even simple surgical procedures and there's no way you can predict how you'll be feeling after the procedure. So don't forget, following surgery, you will not be allowed to drive.

The nurse and anesthesiologist will be closely monitoring your comfort and progress. Remember, don't hesitate to ask any questions about any of the information that they've just provided.

Before you leave, you'll be given discharge guidelines which may include diet, medication, work and other activity restrictions.

You'll also make at least one follow-up appointment so that the doctor will be able to check the healing of the incision and/or to remove sutures.

This program has been designed to help you to understand a surgical procedure and to empower you to be an active participant in your own care. We hope that you take the time to discuss alternative treatments with your doctor and that you learn as much as you can about your own particular medical situation.

We also want to make sure that you understand all the risks of surgery and potential complications which can follow - no matter how unlikely they may be.

It's important that you understand exactly what the procedure entails - including the risks, benefits and alternative treatments - before you decide to proceed.

Always remember that the final decision to go ahead or not is up to you.

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