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Patient Responsibilities

It is important that you enter the hospital in good health. In the days to weeks before surgery at Newton Medical Center, consider the following ways you can take control of the state of your physical fitness and overall well-being:

  • Stop smoking – Smoking reduces the capacity of your lungs to put oxygen into your bloodstream. If you are a smoker, you can reduce complications of surgery and anesthesia by quitting at least two weeks before surgery.

  • Nutrition and diet – Maintaining a nutritionally balanced diet will give your body the strength and vigor it needs to undergo and recover from surgery. Not only is it important to maintain good eating habits before, during and after your hospital stay, but it’s also critical to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet restrictions (i.e., bowel preparation).
  • Skin care – Be sure to avoid, as much as possible, scratches, scrapes, rashes and sunburn, and remember to report any of these conditions to your surgeon.

  • Exercise – It is important to remain physically active prior to your surgery. Daily exercise, if possible, will keep your muscles, heart, lungs and circulatory system strong and healthy.

  • Prepare your home for your discharge – Shop for groceries, prepare and store meals, go to the bank and pharmacy, do laundry, move objects that may obstruct your path, and make boarding arrangements for pets if you will be unable to care for them during your recovery.

  • Assistance – Arrange for family or friends to drive you home from the hospital and stay with you as necessary. Ambulatory surgery patients must have someone accompany them for 12 hours after discharge.

  • Medications – Aspirin, ibuprofen, Coumadin, clopidogrel (PLAVIX™), Motrin, Advil, Nuprin and some herbal or over-the-counter drugs or vitamins may cause bleeding. Tell your surgeon if you are using any of these medications, as he or she may ask you to stop taking them before your surgery. However, do not cease taking any medications without being instructed to do so by a member of your health care team.

  • Health care proxy and living will – We encourage you to complete an advanced directive or living will, which appoints a trusted person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. You can obtain this form at any registration area of the hospital. 

  • Informed consent – Either at your surgeon's office or at the hospital, you will be asked to sign a document called “informed consent.” This provides confirmation that you and your surgeon have discussed the operation and alternative treatments, that you understand the potential risks and complications associated with the surgery, and that you have arrived at the decision to proceed at your own free will.

  • Blood transfusions – Some surgeries require blood transfusions. Please note that Newton Medical Center routinely screens all blood and blood products for HIV (AIDS virus) and other contagious diseases.

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