Don't Go to the Hospital Alone

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Heading to surgery is stressful enough, going to it alone can only add to your worries. Hi, I'm Dr. Oz. One thing I always advice patients is to have a family member or a friend with you before you head to surgery. A companion can serve a number of important functions. He or she can tell an anesthesiologist what medications you're taking or are allergic to.

Your companion can hold your hand on your way to the operating room. Lowering stress leads to better outcomes. Once you've gone through the surgery, having someone nearby for the first 24 hours is especially important. You're going to be grogy. Having a friend nearby helps protect you from accidental mistreatment or medication mistakes it's understandable that's not always possible to have someone with you, many hospitals have people to fill that role.

When you check in ask for talk with the patients [xx] they'll help range the support that you need, if you do find yourself on your own engage your doctors and other caretakers and speak up ask questions, the doctor wants an informed patient [xx] visit the hospital. I'm Dr. Oz. For more great ways to protect your health, watch all of our smart tips right here.