What should I do to prepare for surgery?

What should I do to prepare for surgery?


A provider answers a patient’s
question in his office. What do I need to do
to prepare for surgery? Well, you need to keep taking
good care of yourself — eating well,
taking your medicines, and keeping
your appointments. It’s also important
to protect your veins. And the way
you protect your veins is to not allow anyone
to draw blood or put an IV in any part of your arm
above your wrist. The surgeon will be
operating on those veins, and he doesn’t want
any extra holes in them. So if someone needs to put
an IV in you or to draw blood, ask them to use
one of the veins in your hand. Usually, the fistula,
or the graft, if they can’t put a fistula in,
is put in the non-dominant arm. What that means is,
if you’re right-handed, they’ll put it
in your left arm. But you need to protect
the veins in both arms, because sometime in the future,
they may not be able to use the veins
in your left arm, and they’ll need to go
to your right arm. So these veins altogether
are your lifeline, and you need
to protect them.

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