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Friday, October 7, 2016

Are you fit enough for surgery?

Are you fit enough for surgery? Seems like an odd question doesn't it (given that you have to have, well, surgery to fix something)?

There is a growing awareness now among healthcare providers, including Texas Orthopedics, hospitals, and insurance companies alike, to make sure that patients are as healthy as possible before entering the OR for an elective surgery such as a hip or knee replacement.

The more fit you are before surgery, the better you'll be.

There are certain risk factors providers look for that could ultimately affect your surgery outcome, such as heart disease, diabetes, anemia, and obesity. Any one of these conditions on its own, or a combination, could lead to higher risk for complications, infection, or extended recovery time due to the body's already compromised state.

Unforeseen complications and extra ays in the hospital contribute to higher costs all around...from you the patient, to the physician, medical facility, and insurance provider.

Things to discuss with your doctor, and ensure all are within normal ranges, prior to surgery include:

  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Mental health issues or sleep disorders
Many physicians and hospitals are in favor of postponing a surgery for a few days, or even weeks, to make certain that these things are in check.

A healthier patient going into surgery promises to be a healthier patient coming out.

If you would like to discuss how to get into better shape prior to your surgery, please contact us for an appointment.

(Adapted from The Wall Street Journal)

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