Friday, October 26, 2012

You have to be healthier to be this sick

Laura Landro, WSJ, Oct 23, 2012, says often these days even cancer surgery is put off for weeks or even months so the patient can get healthier to withstand the surgery.

Outcomes are becoming king as some health plans and Medicare plan to pay for good results.

Before operations, docs may look at four things-smoking, nutrition, blood sugar and medication.

Excessive alcohol use can lead to complications and infections—ixnay on that, too.

You may need to quit smoking for a few weeks to have better luck with the anesthesia.

If you had a previous heart attack, you may need to wait as long as six weeks for surgery. Likely there will be a pre-op exam.

So don’t get a bad diagnosis and think they will rush you into surgery—it may not happen.

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