Prior to Operation
The world continues to develop each day with simple push button technologies. Usually, around us are instant, even instant foods are available, instant noodles, tuna, corned beef to name a few. In the same way, medicine has its own technological advancements. Perhaps one of the medical advancements that are widely used nowadays is SURGERY.
Surgeries are medical operations done to a patient, whether ill or not as long as it is through an informed consent signed before except for life-threatening emergencies. Surgeries are thought to repair life, promote health and even beautify the body. Almost everyone has undergone a simple surgical procedure in their lives. For men, they may have undergone circumcision. This is a simple surgical procedure done in clinics wherein the foreskin of the penis, the male reproductive organ, is cut to prevent further infection and complications soon. On the other hand, women during deliveries may opt to undergo Cesarean Section. This is a procedure wherein an abdominal incision is made to expel the fetus in cases of cephalopelvic disproportions or when the mother is experiencing gestational diabetes or hypertension.
Nonetheless, no matter what the type of surgery to perform, the common reaction of patients would be fear itself. It is otherwise known as fear of the unknown. This is the fear of what may happen during and after surgery. In this situation, the surgical team is expected to have the initiative of teaching the client of the possible circumstances and conditions that may happen during and after the said operation. One is also expected to advise the client of possible non-pharmacologic techniques and ways to relieve pain during the post-operative period knowing that pain is a common complain of persons who undergone a surgery. That is why in all hospitals, a patient who is about to undergo surgery is required to sign an informed consent. This would be a paper agreement that the team has oriented the patient of what is to happen during the surgery and the possible risks involved. One exception to this rule would be emergency cases. One does not expect a patient to sign the abovementioned agreement once the patient is shot at the right arm. It would be too impractical. An informed consent is ideal but is very impractical in emergency cases.
Before surgery, the patient or the family is also expected to acquire the necessary materials needed for the surgery. Included in this checklist, which will be ordered by the doctor, are the blades, sutures, surgical equipment and most important of all are the medicines that are to be used, especially anesthetics. The patient is advices to procure the said materials before surgery. Without these, surgery will not be performed. Although painful to the pockets for those in need of money but it is a must to secure the needed materials. This may be mere medicines alone, but it will assure the patient of a more successful surgery and recovery thereafter. Medicines play a vital role in surgery and recovery because through them, the patient is relieved of pain and is protected from further infection. Which would a patient want, to buy the prescribed medications or to suffer from pain that may later lead to infection?
Once the nurse has made appropriate health teaching before and after surgery, the patient will already know of what to do and what to avoid. This is to aid the patient in his or her recovery.
Among the common surgeries performed around the world are plastic surgeries. This is one way of beautifying oneself the painful and costly way. Other than that, instead of only beautifying the self, one is more prone to side effects. Better yet get contented with what you have than ask for more and obtain complications in the end.
Life is so short. Surgeries are only aids in prolonging the lives of many. This would not guarantee success or failure. In this regard, as mortal beings, we are expected to care not only of ourselves but our body as well. Through this, we would lessen the chances of undergoing surgery and spending much of our money. With that said, are you ready to undergo surgery?