Consider Before Surgery

on Tuesday, March 2

The Actual Procedure:

Choosing Anesthesia. (Requirement for all operations)
Hemorrhoidectomy Laser Surgery can be performed under general anesthesia (where the patient is completely unconscious), under spinal anesthesia (numb from the waist down), or under local anesthesia (just the immediate area is injected). Local anesthesia is a lot like the shots you get at the dentist. What you chose may depend on how complicated the surgery is going to be, what the standards of the medical facility is and the doctors choice. Since you know a little about it you can question him or her as to what they will use and why. The operation is usually done as an outpatient with have to stay overnight.

Preoperative Care:

The main thing you need to do is stop all medications that can thin the blood. From aspirins to Coumadin (also known as Jantoven or Marevan) needs to be discontinued for at least 3 days before the procedure or you could have a fatal loss of blood. Other medicines you should stop include oxandrolone (Oxandrin), Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), alcohol, ibuprofen (Motrin), cimetidine (Tagamet), certain vitamins, and antibiotics

Also if you do not want to be sick on the table nothing may be eaten from midnight on the evening before surgery until the procedure is completed. This includes food, water, chewing gum, and candy.
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