3 Important Lessons From A Great Doctor

Dr. Salter was my orthopedic surgeon, and a very special man. He set my expectations for what it means to be a patient, and what it should mean to be a doctor. It probably seems strange to love and admire a man I barely knew, but many of his patients …

Demystifying The Pain Scale

Ever go to the hospital and they ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1-10? That is an example of the pain scale at work. This is common practice throughout the medical community to assess pain in patients. There is a lot of debate among practitioners about …

Surgery – Common Questions and Fears

Surgery can be daunting. We all get scared, even if we’ve been through it before. Getting some advance information and preparing yourself will make it easier. Based on my research, these are the most common questions and fears that people have. I hope that eventually I will be able to …

Surgery – Overcoming Embarrassment

One major battle when one is recuperating from surgery is to overcome embarrassment. People create an enormous amount of stress for themselves by keeping their worries a secret. To get best advice, you need to be able to be completely honest and open with your doctors, your nurses and your …

After Surgery – Discharge Day

After surgery and healing, there is freedom. My favorite hospital day is always discharge day. Typically I know it is coming ahead of time. They will usually tell me I can go home the following day provided certain criteria is met. When I had my hip replacements, I had to be …

After Surgery – Hospital Routine

Odds are that your first day in your hospital room is a blur. You don’t get there until halfway through the day and you are pretty out of it, so your first real taste of hospital life is likely your first morning. Rule 1: Sleep is Constantly Interrupted This is …

After Surgery – Hospital Room

So here you are, in your hospital room, your new home for the next few days. Lets take a tour, shall we? Your Bed The hospital bed is a wonderful thing. I find it easier to get comfortable using all the buttons to get into position. I usually ask for …

Surgery Day – Recovery Room

Wake Up! I have a very predictable and unusual reaction to anesthetic, so I can’t tell you how you will feel when you wake up after surgery. I always wake up suddenly and am very lucid and freezing cold. Once I am warm and have my little morphine button, I …

Surgery Day – Operating Room

My last post about the check-in was a little dry, so I will try to spice this one up a little. So there we are all sitting around in hospital gowns, waiting to be called for surgery. Some of us are already dragging around IV poles, wearing stupid paper booties …

Surgery Day – Administration of Anesthesia

Administration of the anesthetic varies based on the type of anesthetic. Knowing what anesthetics will be used gives you a good idea what to expect. This is all based on personal experience, so you should discuss the process with your anesthetist to understand what to expect in your case. If you are afraid, …