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Frecuent Questions

Who will perform the surgery?

You will be explained in detail who will perform the intervention and who will integrate the surgical team.

Where and when will the intervention be carried out?

Outpatient surgery (also called day surgery) is not always done in a traditional hospital, but in the so-called Day Hospital. The patient arrives for surgery and usually returns home the same day. Inpatient surgery is performed in a hospital. The patient usually registers the day of surgery and remains hospitalized for a few days or longer after surgery.

What should I do before the surgery?

You may need to do certain analysis and tests. Some types of surgery require a special preparation process. You may need to schedule appointments and make certain arrangements. Doing this on time will allow you to avoid delays in your surgery.

I am a smoker; how does it affect a possible intervention?

As you already know, tobacco is very harmful to our health, but even more so before an intervention. We recommend that you try to stop smoking before an operation. General anesthesia has an effect on the functioning of the lungs, so any period without smoking is beneficial. It is better to stop smoking at least two weeks before the intervention. If you can not quit completely, try to reduce the amount of tobacco. Possible complications from anesthesia will be reduced, the wound will heal sooner and the risk of contracting pneumonia decreases

I'm taking medication, should I keep taking it?

If you are taking medication, you should ask the specialist what to do. Make sure you inform us in detail about all the medications you are taking, both those prescribed by other doctors and those you buy without a prescription, such as vitamins, food supplements, etc. Some medications must be suspended before an intervention but others can be reconciled.

Do I need to modify my diet before an intervention?

As always, you should follow your doctor’s instructions. It is possible that before an intervention we indicate a diet or a series of specific dietary guidelines. Also, if you are diabetic, maintaining low glucose levels the days before the intervention could help you in your recovery.

What kind of tests should I perform before the intervention?

Before undergoing an operation, it is important to know the patient’s condition. For this, your doctor will indicate a series of medical tests that you must perform before the intervention. These tests can be blood and urine tests, a chest x-ray and an electrocardiogram.

What should I do the day before the operation?

–  The indications may vary depending on the intervention to be performed. Among all of them may be the following: Do not drink alcohol in the last 24 hours, do not eat or drink in the last 6-12 hours, you may be asked to use an enema.

–  If for any reason, you have not followed the guidelines that have been set, it is important that you inform the anesthesiologist.

What should I do the same day of the intervention?

We will ask you to come early to the center where you are going to perform the intervention, so that you can prepare correctly. You must carry your health insurance card and all relevant health documentation.

–  Before leaving your house, remove the nail polish, do not put on makeup and leave all jewelry and valuables. For most interventions it is necessary to withdraw all of this.

– In the center they will give you an identification bracelet with your name, date of birth and your responsible doctor, make sure that the information is correct since it will be used to identify you during your stay in the hospital

–  They will ask you if you take any type of medication. We usually recommend bringing a list of all of them, it is common that with the nervousness prior to an intervention you may forget about some of them.

Once in the center, what steps will be followed?

  • Once the intervention is over, you will be transferred to a recovery area. It is a space equipped to monitor the condition of patients after an operation. It is common for many patients to feel sleepy, confused and have chills upon waking. You may also have sore muscles and sore throat, it is normal. Tell nurses if you have a headache, nausea or discomfort, they can provide medication to relieve these symptoms.
  • Once the recovery area is abandoned, when it is stabilized, the recovery process begins. Do not hesitate to ask for pain medication. You may also receive antibiotics in addition to remaining with serum. It may take a few days until you start eating solid foods. As soon as possible, the nurses will ask you to move as much as you can, they will encourage you to get out of bed and start walking. It is common to feel weak or tired, but the sooner you resume your activity, the sooner the body will return to function normally. 

Once the surgery is finished, how will the recovery process be?

Just before the surgery, what is known as preoperative preparation begins. Although the process may vary depending on the intervention, the most common steps are the following:

–  You will be asked to remove any personal items that you carry, such as glasses, contact lenses, jewelry, hairpins, etc.

–  Measures will be taken so that deep vein thrombosis does not occur, a risk common to any type of surgery.

–  Before entering the operating room, you will be asked to confirm your personal information.

–  The anesthesiologist will explain what type of anesthesia you will receive during the procedure.

–  An intravenous tube (IV) will be placed in your arm or wrist. This tube is used to deliver fluids, blood or medications during and after surgery.

–  They will give you medicine to relax and perhaps some other type of medication stipulated by your doctor.

–  Once in the operating room, anesthesia will be given, in case of general anesthesia, once you are asleep, a catheter will be placed in the bladder to drain the urine

When can I go back home?

If you have had an outpatient procedure, it is very likely that you will return home after a few hours. On the other hand, if you have had surgery with hospitalization, you will remain in the center until your doctor allows you to return home. Before leaving, we will review with you the possible diet you should follow, your medication and how to take care of the incision of the intervention. You will also be asked what style you should wear and what activities you should limit until you are fully recovered. We also recommend that you get the answer to the following questions before leaving the center.

  • What medication should I take? With what frequency?
  • Can I take my vitamins or supplements?
  • What can I eat and from when?
  • What signs of complications or infections should I monitor? – When should I go to my office again?
  • What will happen to the suture that I have?
  • When and How can I bathe?
  • How much weight can I lift? Can I crouch?