For many urological conditions, treatment is possible without surgery. Many conditions can be managed through lifestyle changes, medication, or even in-office procedures. There are times, however, when a urological condition requires surgery.
When surgery is your best treatment option for whatever urology symptoms you may be experiencing, our experienced surgeons at Urology Specialist of Ohio are here to assure you, you are in good hands.
Our team of urologists performs a variety of different urological surgeries regularly with great success. We utilize the most up-to-date technologies like the Da Vinci robotic system to help make procedures less invasive and speed up healing time for our patients.
If you are preparing for an upcoming surgery, we want to help put your mind at ease. Let’s walk through what you can expect and how you can start to prepare for urological surgery.
Getting Scheduled in Urology
You will receive a call from our friendly surgery scheduler. They will let you know the date and time of your appointment, all the details will be arranged for you. Depending on the procedure, your procedure could be within the next weekdays or a few weeks. Your surgery will be done at one of our affiliated hospitals.
There may be a variety of tests necessary to further evaluate your body’s readiness for surgery. We will need to consult with your family doctor, cardiologist, or other specialists to learn if your body will tolerate anesthesia. This is referred to as cardiac clearance. If your care team is unable to give you the cardiac clearance you may need to be seen by a physician to determine your risk of anesthesia.
The pre-admission area of the hospital will also contact you. They will conduct an interview to determine if you need additional testing prior to surgery. If they order or schedule additional testing, this must be done before the date of your surgery.
Preparing Your Body for Urological Surgery
As you physically prepare for your surgery, your urologist will give you clear instructions on what to do or not do. Generally, these instructions may include the following:
- Stop taking any dietary supplements or weight control management medications 2 weeks prior to surgery
- If you take blood thinners, you will be informed when to stop taking your blood thinning medication. We will verify with your family physician or your cardiologist prior to stopping any blood thinners. Please ask the surgery scheduler if you have questions concerning stopping these medications.
- Do not eat or drink ANYTHING after midnight the night before surgery. This includes gum, mints, water, coffee, etc.
- If you develop a rash, fever, or cold before your surgery, call the office.
- Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the hospital. You will also need at least 24 hours of care after the surgery. If you live alone, please arrange for someone to stay with you the day after the surgery.
You’re in Good Hands
On the day of your surgery, arrive with an empty stomach. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes, no make-up, and no jewelry. Bring your insurance card and photo ID. Be sure to have a plan for your ride home as well as help lined up as you heal from surgery.
If you have a urological surgery coming up, we hope you feel at ease knowing you are in good hands. Successful surgery means you will gain relief from pain or a return to normal life. For any questions regarding urology in Springfield, Ohio give our team a Urology Specialist of Ohio a call today.