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Why it's crucial to follow your recovery plan after surgery

While preparing for surgery, one of the last things you want to think about is something going wrong. Unfortunately, medical errors account for a large portion of preventable injuries, illnesses or deaths in New Jersey and across the country.

After you return home from a surgical treatment, follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid an infection or injury.

Pre-surgery and post-surgery tips

Here are tips to follow, both before and after your surgery:

  • Set up a consultation appointment with your surgeon to talk about the procedure. It is fine during this time to interview your surgeon to find out about his or her experience and success rate with the procedure, especially if it involves major surgery.
  • Research the hospital and its track record for cleanliness, professionalism and surgical mistakes.
  • Make sure you understand the dosage instructions, possible side effects and so on regarding the medication you will take after your surgery. Insist on a consultation with the pharmacist if you are not offered one.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to go with you to your appointments and serve as your health care advocate, especially during your time in the recovery room. It can always help to have another person watching out for your interests.
  • Do not miss your follow-up appointments. Your doctor will check for any complications during these follow-up exams and answer any questions you might have.
  • It can also help to write down questions to ask your doctor, so you do not forget them.

Many patients develop secondary infections or complications after a surgical procedure, which is why it is so important for you to stick with your doctor’s recovery plan. You can greatly improve your chances of having a healthy outcome by following your doctor’s instructions, educating yourself on your proposed treatment and seeing your doctor at the first sign of a complication.

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