Preparing for Your Outpatient Vascular Surgery

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So, you’ve completed your consultation and elected to undergo outpatient vascular surgery in Miami. Whether you’ve been diagnosed peripheral artery disease, varicose veins, uterine fibroids, or need assistance with dialysis access management, Palm Vascular is here to help. However, undergoing any form of surgery requires both mental and physical preparation before your scheduled procedure to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.  

Our team of experienced vascular specialists and supporting medical staff will support you throughout the entire outpatient process. Here’s what you need to know about preparing for your surgery. 

Pre-Surgery Consultation 

Before you are approved for your outpatient vascular surgery in Miami, our specialists with conduct a consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Even though minimally evasive surgeries carry less risks than open surgery, some still exist. As such, it’s important that you are honest when answering any and all questions during your consultation. 

Tell your specialist about all medications or supplements you are taking, especially blood thinners. You should also inform your surgeon of any relevant pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, hemophilia, hepatitis, or HIV/AIDS. While these conditions may not completely disqualify your ability to get outpatient vascular surgery in Miami, being informed helps your medical team prepare for any potential complications.  

Your vascular specialist may also ask about drinking or smoking habits. It’s crucial you answer honestly to avoid the breathing or heart complications that may occur otherwise. This is especially true for surgeries requiring general anesthesia, as both alcohol and tobacco can cause a negative reaction. Typically, abstaining from both activities for up to a week before and after the surgery will help to minimize your risks. 

In the time between your consultation and scheduled surgery date, do your research about the procedure you are having done. Being informed can help to ease anxiety or stress before your outpatient surgery, which can also affect the outcome. The team at Palm Vascular is, as always, ready to answer any questions you may have to help put you at ease. 

Adhere to Advise 

Following your consultation, following your surgeon’s instructions are important. Cutting corners or ignoring them completely can lead to avoidable complications during outpatient vascular surgery in Miami. While they may seem menial or nonsensical at first, these guidelines for pre-surgery preparation are designed to keep you safe.  

General rules of thumb for preparing for outpatient surgery are as follows: 

  • Arrange for transportation home and do not drive yourself in for surgery. Even though you are undergoing outpatient vascular surgery in Miami, you will not be able to operate a vehicle post-operation. You should also arrange for someone to keep you company for the remainder of the day to monitor you.  
  • If your procedure includes the use of general anesthesia, do not eat for at least 12 hours before your surgery to avoid complications. 
  • If you are a smoker, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding cutting back or abstaining from smoking prior to the procedure. 
  • If you take certain medications, your specialist may advise you not to take them prior to surgery. Consult them about potential alternatives. 
  • Some clients may be advised to lose weight prior to surgery. 

With Palm Vascular, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands possible for your outpatient vascular surgery in Miami. Contact us today for your free consultation. 

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Our physicians are board certified in Vascular and Interventional Radiology and are specialists in their vascular fields ranging from vascular disease, blood clots, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Dialysis Access Management and Uterine Fibroid Emolizations.

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