General Perioperative Considerations

Surgery is often a emotionally, mentally and physically demanding event for patients undergoing even the most basic of procedures.  The stress of the medical diagnosis itself, rearranging work and home schedules, booking time off for surgery and recovery as well as the stresses of potential lost income from loss of work or potential complications can be a great burden to the strongest of individuals.  It is therefore important not to underestimate the impact of being diagnosed with a medical condition requiring surgery and to acknowledge the feelings that go along with it such that you can begin to cope with and manage the various elements that will need to be taken care of to get yourself or your loved one back to optimum health.

To this end, make sure that in the months and weeks leading up to your surgery, change the things you can change to make yourself as prepared as you can for an operation.  Eat a more balanced diet, exercise more, lose weight if you need to, de-stress, get control of your personal and professional engagements, and generally enjoy life.

Read as much as you can on the internet or from information supplied by your physician and/or talk to individuals whom have undergone similar procedures to gain insight into what to expect before, during and after the operation.

Day Surgery

Outpatient, or day surgery refer to operations which are conducted on a patient who then is able to be discharged back home on the same day.  These are generally “smaller” operations which are usually well tolerated.  Urologic procedures which might fall under this category include, but are not limited to:

Inpatient Surgery

This type of surgery typically refers to operations of greater scope, duration and invasiveness than that of Day Surgery, requiring larger operating rooms, more support personnel and resources, specialized equipment and closer monitoring.  Urologic operations which might fall under this category include, but are not limited to:

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