You have many questions about your surgery. But you probably didn't think about many of the things we will discuss here. This will serve as a solid guide to prepare for your elective surgery. Every surgery has risks and potential complications. Some of these risks are modifiable, others aren't. The only truly safe surgery is surgery on someone else.
I'm not your surgeon ;-). You should use this to guide your discussion with your surgeon. Surgery is second nature to us. It's a frightening black book for you.
Start this process early. Some issues that might arise will take time to sort through. Talk to your primary care doctor and/or your cardiologist. Depending on your medical history, there are potentially many issues that can be optimized to try and ensure a smooth time under anesthesia.
Take care of any preventative need you might have before your planned surgery. Especially dental work, colonoscopy, and so on. This can minimize the risk of developing an infection after surgery.
For paid subscribers, we will now go much deeper into the details that take place in the weeks, days, and even hours before the surgery can begin. We go into fitness, infection prevention, nutrition, medication, pain, and tips on that crucial hour before surgery starts.