Despite a well-fought victory on Monday, golf great Tiger Woods is out for the rest of the 2008 golf season – he’ll be undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
Surgeries can certainly put a dent in your plans. Planning a hospital stay? Here are some top tips from doctors, patients and nurses – read them before you head to the hospital:
1. Before you go to the hospital, you need to think about what happens after your stay.
- For example, coordinate a ride home from the hospital (even if it is a short stay!).
2. You may want to consider having someone stay with you for a few days since you may be in some pain or even slightly immobile.
- Be sure to arrange the extra help well in advance so a family member or friend can take time off work, if needed.
3. You may need extended medical care services after a surgery or other procedure, which requires some planning.
- “If you’re having hip surgery and you know you have to stay in a rehab facility for a few weeks after your hospital stay, you may want to go visit those rehab centers (before your surgery) to make a good, informed choice about what your care is going to look like after you’ve had your acute care stay in a hospital,” Judy Pechacek, R.N., M.S., and vice president of Patient Care at Fairview Southdale Hospital in MN.
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