What to Expect Going Into Surgery

Getting any kind of surgery can be a little scary, but knowing what to expect can make things a little easier. There are a few things that can be expected for most kinds of surgeries. These include what tools the doctor will be using, anesthesia, and more. 

Hospital Gowns

Unless you are having dental surgery, you will more likely than not need to wear a hospital gown before going into surgery. Surgery gowns are much easier to operate around in comparison to normal street clothes. Since they are stored in a clean location, they are more sterile than normal clothes as well. So, even though you might think you look silly or strange wearing one, it is in your best interest to wear one. During the surgery, the doctor(s) may remove the gown, or move parts of it. This is purely for professional reasons, so do not worry if you wake up with your gown open. It is simply to make the surgery easier.

Doctor’s Tools

Many people expect to walk into the surgery and see sharp knives and needles everywhere. However, that is not always the case. Nowadays, doctors often use plastic blades or blades made out of a composite material, like Delrin. While these blades are usually a white or gray color (and can mimic the look of metal blades), you may see some that are black or a cream color. Even though the blades may look different and are made out of different materials, you can still be sure that they are just as effective– if not more effective– than traditional metal blades.

You will likely have to get a shot or have an IV put in while you are in surgery. Most needles look the same, so you should not see anything that looks out of the ordinary. If you are not afraid of needles, then this shouldn’t be a problem at all. If you are afraid of needles… that leads into the next point below.

Anesthesia Masks and IVs 

If you need to “go under” for surgery, then you will be given anesthesia. Most often, this starts out by wearing a mask that is full of gaseous sedatives. However, you may not wear this throughout the entire surgery. Instead, you may be given anesthesia during an IV. If you are afraid of needles, you can ask for this IV (or any others you may need) to be put in after you are unconscious. You may feel groggy afterward, but for the most part, there are no serious negative side effects of anesthesia.

Knowing what to expect when going into surgery can make it seem less frightening– for both kids and adults. Keep these thoughts in mind the next time you need an operation.

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