Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

Most voluntary surgeries have been delayed since the beginning of the novel coronavirus pandemic. This tactic allows doctors to focus on COVID-19 patients, who desperately need immediate care, and it also protects people who have surgeries. Generally, these procedures leave patients vulnerable to infections, and you do not want to be unnecessarily exposed to the virus. However, in areas where the virus is not as active, some practices have begun offering voluntary surgeries again. If you are preparing for one, these tips will help you get ready.

Figure Out Your Payment Plan

Contact your insurance provider to find out if your surgery is covered. If not, find out exacty how much you’ll have to pay your primary healthcare provider, and make sure you have that money before you go. You do not want to take on exra debt in the middle of this financial crisis. Thanks to DRG auditor training, your doctor should quickly catch any issues with overpayment, but you should still doublecheck your charges before leaving the hospital.

Learn About COVID-19 Protocols

Depending on your hospital’s size and location, there may or may not be COVID-19 patients there. Even if there are none, you must be cautious about the risk of contracting the virus during your stay. Ask about the hospital’s COVID-19 protocols before you arrive. For example, ask if you should quarantine for two weeks before your surgery, or if you need to supply your own masks. Doublecheck the policy on visitors as well; most likely, no one will be able to visit you. Consider making a schedule of loved ones who can call you throughout your time in the hospital to keep you from getting too lonely.

Pack Your Bag Early

Follow your parents’ advice from your childhood and don’t leave your packing until the last minute. You don’t want to forget anything, since it may be difficult for family members to bring your forgotten belongings to the hospital. Include comfortable clothes to wear as soon as your nurses approve you to wear regular clothing. If you think you will be cold, pack extra socks. The hospital provides blankets and pillows, but you can bring your own to make your room feel more like home. Don’t forget to bring things to do as you recover, such as books, puzzles, and magazines.

Going to the hospital for surgery is much more stressful than usual today. However, if you prepare, you can have a smooth trip and return safely to your home.