Dr. Douglas Abeles on Preparing for Orthopedic Surgery

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(Newswire.net — May 29, 2017) Castro Valley, California — Just as recovery is important for patient health, preparing for an upcoming orthopedic surgical procedure requires special considerations. Dr. Douglas J. Abeles, a well-known orthopedic surgeon, and sports medicine expert, recently discussed some of the steps patients need to take when preparing for surgery. Among them are health-related steps to ensure positive outcomes after surgery, while others address medications and lifestyle choices. “Surgeries range from minimally-invasive procedures to those taking many hours of time in the operating room,” says Dr. Abeles, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a clinical practice in California. “Regardless of the procedure, the patient has certain responsibilities before and after the surgery is conducted.” To learn more about some of the factors influencing surgery preparation, visit http://www.nbc-2.com/story/35452600/health-matters-preparing-for-orthopedic-surgery.

Overall health is among the most important aspects in ensuring a positive outcome. Patients struggling with obesity, high blood pressure, and even diabetes are at a greater risk of complications both during and after surgical procedures. Stabilizing those conditions before a procedure is critical to minimize risks. Extensive laboratory analysis of a patient’s blood before surgery can also help to reduce unpleasant surprises for patient and medical provider alike. “Hidden conditions like imbalances in blood clotting factors or white cell counts can impact surgeries in a negative way,” adds Dr. Abeles. “By undergoing testing prior to the surgery, medical care providers can address any deficiencies or imbalances.”

The medications a patient takes can also influence the success or complications of surgery. Daily doses of aspirin, even in small amounts, can affect the patient’s ability to stop bleeding. Narcotic painkillers taken by patients can add complications during anesthesia and post-operative care. In fact, many surgeons recommend that patients stop all pain-relieving medications prior to the surgery to avoid any unnecessary risks. Finally, a patient’s mental state is another component that is often overlooked by surgeons. “Patients that have high levels of anxiety before surgery may face complications during and after the procedure,” says Dr. Abeles. “Managing anxiety and helping to establish a positive mental outlook are techniques care providers undertake to help patients recover more quickly.”

Dr. Douglas Abeles, MD, operates Abeles MD and Associates, a surgical clinic and medical practice in Castro Valley, California. In addition to his many years practicing as a board-certified sports medicine physician, he has extensive training and experience in both spine and orthopedic surgery. His clinic serves thousands of patients every year, and he is known for his commitment to outstanding patient care. For more information on his clinic and the range of treatments available to patients, visit https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-douglas-abeles-xcd6y.

About Dr. Douglas J. Abeles, MD

Dr. Douglas Abeles, MD, a recognized sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon, has had many years of experience in helping patients. Dr. Abeles is the founder of Abeles MD and Associates in Castro Valley, California. The California-based clinical practice offers an extensive range of both surgical and non-invasive treatment options for spinal disorders, joint repair, and fractures sustained in accidents or sports injuries. Dr. Abeles is board-certified by a number of professional associations, including the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Douglas J. Abeles, MD

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United States
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