What Should I Tell My Surgeon About My Health?

 

medical-history-austin-oral-surgery-300x224Before undergoing any medical procedure, your doctor should always be fully updated on your health history as well as any medications you’re taking. It’s no different with oral surgeons. Letting your surgeon know about your health concerns can go a long ways in ensuring that you have a safe and successful procedure.

  • Medications. Before visiting your surgeon, write down all of the medications you’re taking and how often you take them. Bring the list with you to the surgeon’s office so that you’ll be able to accurately report what you know. The type of anesthesia you receive can largely depend on the medicines you’re taking.
  • Current Medical Conditions. Factors that can increase your risk of complication in a surgery include diabetes, high blood pressure, drug allergies, sleep apnea and other conditions involving your heart, lungs or kidneys. Letting your surgeon know about all of your medical conditions will make sure you’re getting the proper care you need.
  • Short Medical History. Your surgeon should be kept in-the-know about your past surgeries or any major problems you’ve had with surgeries in the past. Your surgeon should also have a list of any immunizations you’ve had.
  • Your Concerns About Surgery. If you’re like most people, surgery can feel a bit daunting. Let your surgeon know about any fears or misgivings you may have about a procedure. An open dialogue with your surgeon will put both of you on the same footing and allow your surgeon to address any special needs you may have.

At Austin Oral Surgery, our surgeons care deeply about our patients and will work to make sure that you receive the right care for you. Contact us today to set up an appointment or to learn more about our practice.