How Your General Health Affects Surgery

June 12, 2012

Most Americans suffer from one or more diseases. They may be genetic or acquired, major or minor.  Further, over two thirds of Americans are overweight which in turn causes a host of weight related diseases including type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. While these diseases may present themselves as mild at first, they are nothing but trouble when it comes time for a surgical procedure.

Preventable disease in the United States is an epidemic that isn’t going away any time soon. And for those who have done nothing about their poor health, they have put themselves at greater risk after surgery. For example, good circulation is an important part of a safe and complication-free recovery. Type-2 diabetes can restrict circulation, requiring a closer eye on the patient, both in the hospital and for a while at home. Recovery can be slower and more painful as a result.

Many times, there is no getting away from surgery. There are cases however where surgery is not appropriate simply because the patient’s general health will increase the risk of complications. Further, some procedures end in complications as a result of someone’s poor general health. The bottom line is that preventable diseases and poor health can have serious consequences for those who need to be treated surgically.

While we don’t expect you to get fit overnight, we strongly suggest that you pay attention to your health, in order to make your surgical procedure proceeds more smoothly. Further, losing a few pounds, stopping smoking and other incremental improvements in your overall health can only help as your surgery date approaches.


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Advanced Surgical Associates is one of the first exclusively surgical groups practicing in Union County New Jersey. And that is just the first of many firsts for ASA. For over 40 years, we have pioneered breakthrough surgical patient care in North Jersey in both general and weight loss surgery. ASA also offers gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding to those suffering from obesity in New Jersey.
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