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Questions to Ask Before Having Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 17, 2016 8:53:55 AM

Having surgery, unless it involves an emergency or is life-threatening, is a significant decision.

Today’s surgical procedures are remarkably safer and allow for much quicker recovery. However, approximately 2 to 4 percent of elective surgeries have some type of complications – mostly depending on the age and overall health of the patient.

Before deciding whether or not to have surgery, you need to ask questions – lots of questions. Your surgeon and surgical team should be happy to answer them and to review your potential outcome.

Here are questions recommended by the Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists:

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Topics: Surgery

How To Help Yourself Heal After Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 10, 2016 11:08:39 AM

Surgery can fix lots of health issues – from removing a bad gallbladder to repairing a torn muscle. An operation, however, is only the first step in making you feel and function better.

The body is amazing and capable of a remarkable recovery following an invasive procedure. While your surgeon removes or repairs bone or tissue, it’s your body’s ability to heal that completes the mission.

That’s why taking care of yourself after an operation will have a significant impact on a successful outcome.

Immediately following your surgical procedure, your healthcare team will prescribe a plan aimed at helping you recover as quickly as possible. They will recommend what to eat, how to care for your incision and what types of therapeutic exercises can get you back to your normal activities. Following these orders will make a big difference in your recovery.


Besides your customized post-operative plan, here are a few general tips that also can help:

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Topics: Surgery

Life After Gastric Bypass Depends on You

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 13, 2016 12:54:39 PM

Deciding to have gastric bypass surgery is complicated - requiring the full consideration of its risks and benefits.

Equally important, before going forward, is understanding what happens and what is required after gastric bypass surgery. The results depend on the patient's due diligence with post-operative instructions and commitment to changing lifestyle.

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Topics: Weight Loss, Surgery

Recovery Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Many surgeries today can be minimally invasive, or done with laparoscopic methods. There are many benefits to this type of procedure which is why many surgeons choose this method over a more traditional surgery. 

At Johnson Memorial, there are many surgery options available to you from the surgical specialists at our new surgical center. As always, we strive to provide compassionate, comprehensive care.  Contact our surgical specialists to see if minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery is right for you.

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How Hospitals Deal with Infection Rates

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The rates of Hospital acquired infections are declining, but still happen from time to time. The goal is to eliminate hospital acquired infections altogether.

More work is needed to protect patients and employees from contracting infections. In order to provide the best and highest quality healthcare, hospitals must provide a safe environment for patients.

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Topics: Surgery

How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jun 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Going in to the hospital for surgery can be a difficult and anxious time for anyone. For some people having surgery is manageable, for others it can be one of the most anxiety provoking experiences they have ever faced.

 

Wherever you are on that spectrum, there are steps you can take to make the experience a more positive one. You'll find that the entire orthopedic team at Johnson Memorial Health is dedicated to providing a compassionate and caring experience for all patients.

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Topics: Surgery, Orthopedic