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Preparing for Surgery & Hospitalisation

Surgery can be nerve wrecking.  Certain preparations can ease and help you during this difficult time.  Here are some key steps you can take to prepare yourself and those around you:

  • Prior to admission, contact your doctor.  Ask him as many questions as you can relating to recovery, risk and time off from school/work.  Request for a recommendation letter, informing of your nature of surgery in brief and how long you will be out of school/work.  You can pass this to your school or HR unit in advance so they can expect your absence.
  • Remember to pack light. Include a sweater or jacket as hospitals can be really cold at night. 
  • Some of the things you need to pack:-
  1. Comfortable clothes.  You need not over pack. After surgery, you will only be in hospital gown for a few days. A robe is handy if you have one as it is easy to get in and out of.
  2. Extra pillows.  Hospital might not provide an additional pillow for you, bringing your own is definitely a good idea. Plus, it makes your bed cosier as you recover.
  3. Essential toiletries. Include wet wipes, moisturiser, nail clipper and lip balm.  Ladies, do pack menstruation pads as stress can induce period.
  4. Books or magazine to keep you occupied.
  5. Cell phone, charger and earphones. 
  6. Flat comfortable sandals.
  7. Hot flask to fill in hot water in the hospital.
  8. Other medications and supplements.  Inform or pass them to the nurse upon admission.

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Other things you are recommended to do prior to your admission:-

  1. Trim your fingernails and toenails short.  Keep them clean and neat. 
  2. Have a haircut.
  3. If permissible, get a flu shot as you don’t want to get sick on day of admission as surgeon may cancel or defer surgery till you are better.
  4. Prepare a list of any questions or a checklist.  Write down everything, tick them once task is completed.  Bring this notepad along with you to the hospital.
  5. Arrange to have someone with you during your stay and whilst recovery afterwards.  If you live on your own, you may want to arrange to live with a friend or a family member for a while till you get better.

Hopefully with these handy tips, you can have a peace of mind while you focus on your recovery journey.