Thursday, October 4, 2012

Why Surgery Is Often In The Morning

Why Surgery Is Often In The Morning, Part of the reason is that patients often wear themselves out throughout the day. There are many mysteries about surgery, including why it's usually scheduled in the morning, the best ways to avoid errors and infections, and why it's safer to avoid having an operation in July.

Another scary question: "Patients always wonder, 'Will I wake up during surgery,'" says Marc Gillinov, MD, author of Heart 411 and a heart surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. Fortunately, he adds, "The answer is no: We monitor the depth of your sleep with an EEG-like device."

More than 15 million Americans have surgery annually, and in some cases, what they don't know could hurt them. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a bad outcome, including getting a second or third opinion and exploring nonsurgical options. Here's an insider guide to what every patient should know before going under the knife.


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