August 11, 2014

How To Prepare For Surgery

An article in the AARP magazine notes that the average American has nine operations during a lifetime and suggests ways to shape up before surgery:
  • Get blood sugar under control--a fasting blood glucose test will disclose elevated blood sugar levels, which, if untreated, triple the risk of postsurgical infection and quadruple the risk of death during heart surgery
  • Discontinue smoking--nicotine constricts small blood vessels and increases the risk of heart attack during surgery and hampers wound healing.  Smoking cessation for a month prior to surgery brings healing into a normal range.
  • Mild exercise--walking, even a mile, without becoming overly fatigued, promotes better recovery
  • Decrease alcohol--alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures, nervous system damage, irregular heartbeat, respiratory failure, and death during surgery
  • Stop herbal supplements--for at least two weeks before surgery, especially ginkgo biloba, ginseng and valerian
  • If you have sleep apnea--breathing problems during surgery and recovery are common
  • Review medications--especially blood thinners, beta blockers, and review with your surgeon
  • Prescription drink supplements--for five days before surgery to be properly nourished, reduces the risk of postsurgical complications

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 |
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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