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.