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Medical Preparations

Your primary care physician will want to ensure you are physically prepared for surgery.
  • You may have an ECG (electrocardiogram) to find out what anesthesia is best for you. You may also have a chest X-ray and lab or blood tests.

  • Your doctor will talk to you about health problems that need to be controlled before surgery. Diabetes and high blood pressure are two common ones.

  • For your best recovery, eat a healthy diet and lower or eliminate alcohol consumption.

  • If you smoke, try to quit before your surgery. This step may improve healing and reduce complications after your surgery.

  • You may need to replace blood lost during surgery. You may be able to donate your own blood before surgery. A drug called epoetin alfa may be given before surgery to help reduce the need for a transfusion.