Preparing for Surgery with ClearFast: “Ask Your Doctor!”
We’ve seen those commercials time and time again—the ones that always end with: “Ask your doctor…” Fortunately, when it comes to going under, there’s one legitimate question you actually should ask your doctor about surgery prep. Today, we’ll cover:
- Why you should ask your doctor about using ClearFast for your surgery prep
- Why fasting before surgery is now seen as outdated
- Why top-rated hospitals recommend a clear, carb-rich pre-op drink in place of fasting before surgery
- Talking to your doctor about ClearFast
Now, let’s dig in…
We’ve all been there—you’re preparing for surgery at your pre-op appointment, and, while you had a list of questions to ask your doctor, you suddenly you find yourself at a loss for words. Doctors, after all, are healthcare experts and asking them questions or broaching brand-new subjects with physicians can be intimidating. But, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: ”Ask your doctor!” (that phrase we hear on so many pharmaceutical commercials these days) is actually one of the best ways you can advocate for yourself during your surgery prep process.
Fasting Before Surgery?
Talking to your doctor is especially important when it comes to the idea of fasting before surgery. Patients are often given the typical, old-school instructions to follow the “no food or drink after midnight” rule—and we don’t want to feel like we’re stepping on our doctor’s toes by questioning this approach. However, more and more modern research is pointing to the fact that preparing for surgery with the right preop drink (rather than abstaining from all liquids) actually makes for a safer, more comfortable experience before, during and after surgery. After all, heading into surgery starved and dehydrated is often a recipe for discomfort, stress and an increased hospital stay.
Enhancing Your Recovery Time
In fact, top-rated hospitals across the world have now begun implementing Enhanced Recovery Programs, which outline different steps doctors and patients should take in order to enhance a patient’s recovery process after surgery—which ultimately lowers the cost for hospitals and makes for a better experience for patients (no patient has ever left the hospital saying they wished they could stay longer, after all!).
One of the key pieces of these Enhanced Recovery Programs is preparing for surgery with a clear, complex carb-rich beverage to hydrate and nourish before surgery—a simple step that has been proven to reduce post-op nausea and vomiting, decrease the risk of post-op infection, and ultimately shorten the time between going under and getting to go home!
Talking to Your Doctor about ClearFast
As part of your surgery prep process, then, it’s important to ask your doctor if your hospital has one of these Enhanced Recovery Programs and, if so, if drinking ClearFast is right for your procedure prep. Why spend the night before surgery starved and stressed, and head into your procedure dehydrated? Asking your doctor about ClearFast can be the difference between a stressful, uncomfortable surgery experience and a seamless one—but you’ll never reap the benefits of our preop drink if you don’t ask. (So your doctor hasn’t heard of ClearFast? Not to worry! We’ve developed a comprehensive, robust medical professionals section of the ClearFast website where physicians can find studies, research and other helpful information regarding preparing for surgery with the ClearFast preop drink.)
Overall, it’s important to remember that doctors deal with tons of different patients and unique healthcare circumstances every day, and there’s no way any human being (even the best doctors in the world) can know every single thing that’s going through each individual patient’s mind. Advocating for yourself at your doctor’s office—while always following their informed advice, of course—is a key when it comes to preparing for surgery.
Talked to your doctor and ready to order ClearFast for your surgery prep? Order your ClearFast Preop Drink here to get a major leg up on the dreaded surgery and recovery process—or reach out to the ClearFast team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the process at all.