How to properly prepare for surgery 

Last Updated on 29th April 2022

Before surgery, it’s important that you prepare yourself for many reasons. Knowing your personal responsibilities, and all the risks and details of the operation will help to cover your back in the event of medical negligence taking place during the process.

Moreover, thanks to the pandemic, surgery backlogs are at an all-time high. If something should go wrong in the lead up to the operation meaning that your need to pull out, you may find yourself waiting for a long time before you reach the top of the list again.

So, with that in mind, what are some of the key ways that you can properly prepare yourself for surgery?

Fuel up

Try to stick to healthy foods. High-quality nutrition is fuel for an effective immune system. The days before and after surgery are not the right times to be dieting or eating junk food.

Similarly, make sure that you’re properly hydrated. Drink at least six glasses of water per day to ensure that your cells are adequately flushed with fluids.

Regulate your emotions

There are many things that you can do to help prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for what can often be a stressful experience. Try whichever combination of the following works best for you:

  • Follow guided meditations
  • Perform deep-breathing exercises
  • Practice thinking positively
  • Use visualisation techniques
  • Share how you’re feeling with friends and family
  • Ask your doctor any questions that are on your mind
  • Review any instructions that you’ve been given


Exercise regularly

Everyone knows that exercise has numerous benefits in everyday life. But it’s also invaluable in preparing yourself to recover from the unusual event of surgery.

Inevitably, you will need to regain preoperative levels of strength and stamina in order for the hospital to discharge you. Exercising regularly in the weeks and months leading up to surgery can make this process far easier.

Kick out bad habits

If you smoke, drink excessively or use any mood-altering substances, you will benefit from stopping this when you have surgery on the horizon.

These habits can interfere with anaesthesia, as well as affect your mood, sleep and anxiety levels. As we discussed above, you want to keep your mind and emotions well-balanced in the lead up to an operation.

Surgery can be a complicated a stressful process. Set yourself up for success by preparing yourself using our tips above