Did you recently injure your anterior cruciate ligament? Did your doctor recommend you having a surgical procedure to repair your torn ligament? If you answered yes to both questions, this article is for you.
Every day, a lot of people in Singapore get the news from their doctor that a surgical procedure is required to address their injuries. So, don’t feel alone. Your goal should be to do whatever is necessary to ensure that the surgical process is successful, and complications don’t arise later.
In this article, we are going to be looking at some nine things you should do before the day of surgery for your ACL tear reconstruction.
See, bottling up the questions you have isn’t going to do you any good, and for good reasons. Finding answers to the questions lingering on your mind will go along way in helping you feel better and giving you a clear picture of what to expect after the procedure. Don’t limit yourself; ask questions about the risks, benefits, and limitations of the procedure.
Follow your pre-operation instructions to the letter
Complications are bound to arise during or after your ACL reconstruction surgery if you don’t follow the pre-op instructions given to you. Yes, some of the instructions may seem silly and irrelevant, but you must try your best to do them anyway. You may be given clear instructions on what to eat, drink, and wear, as well as, some things to avoid, ensure you do whatever it takes to follow them. If you are in doubt or have questions regarding any of the pre-op instructions you were given, then you should consult your doctor.
Let your doctor know if you are ill
Make sure you tell your doctor of any lingering health condition you may have before the day of your surgery. If you caught a cold or some sort of infection in the days leading to your surgery, the operation might be delayed until you are fully recovered.
Try to relax
Do things that calm you down and helps you relax. Whether it is reading a book or listening to a podcast, your goal should be to reduce your anxiety levels to be mentally and emotionally ready for the surgery.
Wear comfortable clothes
On the days leading to the surgery, purchase some comfortable baggy clothes you will wear after the procedure. Avoid tight-fitting clothing as they offer very little comfort. If possible, purchase sweatpants that can easily cover your bandages.
Don’t do things alone
Having a close friend with you on the day of your surgery will go a long way in helping you feel relaxed and confident. Your friend can help you run errands and get anything you forgot at home. More importantly, it is good to have friends or family be present before and after the surgery. They could also speak to the doctor, surgeon or nurses attached to you where needed.
Plan for a transport vehicle
This is one of the simple most important things you can do to make your recovery process go on without a hitch. With a car or private transport, it will be easy for friends and relatives to take you home after your surgery.
Practice using crutches
Since you are likely going to be using crutches for days, weeks, and even months after your surgery, it is wise that you start practicing with it. Ignore this, and you may stumble or fall when attempting to use them for the first time after your surgery.
Contact your insurance provider
Make sure you have a clear understanding of what will be covered and what won’t be. If you fail to do this, you are likely going to be slapped with unexpected medical bills after your surgery. It is important to also be financially prepared and have everything in order before the surgery. This also helps post-surgery as there will be fewer things to handle during your recovery.