preparing-for-surgery-beverly-hills-la-peerAt the Thoracic Outlet Surgery Center of Excellence, our thoracic surgeons are dedicated to providing patients with the best possible treatment methods for thoracic outlet syndrome. Before the operation is performed, it’s important that patients are ready and prepared for surgery and post-operative recovery. Our thoracic surgeons will work with their patients to ensure that they follow specific guidelines before and after surgery to ensure optimal results.

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Preparing for Thoracic Outlet Surgery

As with all surgeries, there are certain guidelines patients are encouraged to follow before undergoing thoracic outlet surgery. These guidelines help ensure that a patient experiences a smooth and effective surgery and post-operative healing process.

Be in the best shape possible

One of the most important ways a patient can prepare for surgery is by being in the best physical condition possible. This includes losing weight, changing dietary habits, and even quitting smoking in the weeks leading up to the procedure. All of these can be effective means in determining the ultimate success of thoracic outlet surgery.

Ideally, surgeons recommend that patients stop smoking four weeks before the operation. In addition to being better for your health, quitting smoking can be beneficial for surgical reasons.

There are many exercises which can reduce the symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome. Performing these simple exercises multiple times a day can help reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome.

Bring a family member or friend along

During Minimally Invasive (VATS) First Rib Resection, patients will be placed under anesthesia. When the surgery is over, patients will remain groggy and sleepy. While under the lingering effects of anesthesia, patients will not be able to drive, which is why it’s important that they be accompanied by a friend or family member during the procedure.

Once thoracic outlet syndrome surgery has been performed, patients will be allowed to return home within a few hours, provided they have a reliable means of transportation. In addition to giving you a ride home, this accompanying individual can also provide you with post-operative care in the hours following your operation.

Follow all pre-surgery instructions given to you by your surgeon

During your initial appointment, your surgeon will provide you with guidelines regarding your diet. It’s important that you follow this prescribed list. Typically, thoracic outlet surgery does not require any changes in a patient’s diet, since the operation doesn’t deal with the esophagus, lungs, or small intestine. However, it’s recommended that patients do not eat or drink any fluids after midnight the day of the procedure.

If a patient properly prepares for surgery, he or she can expect to have a short recovery time post-operation. Losing weight, following a surgeon’s instructions, and being accompanied by a friend or family member the day of the operation will ensure a safe, fast recovery from minimally invasive (VATS) first rib resection.

Thoracic Outlet Surgery Center of Excellence Los AngelesFrequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m in need of thoracic outlet surgery but I smoke. I don’t know if I can quit for four weeks. Can you help?

A: It’s encouraged that patients quit smoking in the weeks leading up to their thoracic outlet surgery. However, we realize that this can be a very difficult process for certain patients. If you have any doubts about your ability to quit smoking, please speak with your doctor prior to surgery. He or she will be able to give you detailed instructions and exercises to perform in order to help you quit smoking.

Q: What are some specific exercises I can perform to prepare for thoracic outlet surgery?

A: There are many exercises patients can perform to alleviate the pressure on the thoracic outlet. One such exercise is called the scrapular squeeze. This exercise can be performed either while standing or sitting. Simply place your arms to your sides and squeeze the shoulder blades together. Repeat this process as desired. Scrapular squeezes are easy to perform in everyday life, and should be performed multiple times daily!

Schedule a Consultation with Our Thoracic Specialists Today

Preparing for any surgery can be a stressful and sometimes frightening experience. At the Thoracic Outlet Surgery Center of Excellence, our thoracic specialists are dedicated to providing patients with an experience that is both easy and stress-free. If you suffer from the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, our thoracic surgeons can help. To schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified thoracic surgeons, please contact the Thoracic Outlet Surgery Center of Excellence at 888.336.0998 today.

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