What You Need to Know about Surgery

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No matter what kind of surgery you are having, it is common to feel concerned, anxious, scared, nervous or stressed about it. This section can help ease your mind by informing you about what you need to know before and after surgery.

Certain types of surgeries

You may find this additional information helpful if you are having...


How to use canes, crutches and walkers after surgery

After surgery, you will likely need to use equipment to help your recovery or an assistive device to help you move.

video_icon This 12-minute video shows how to safely walk, use stairs and stand with a cane, crutch or walker.

Pain management

These four videos review pain expectations, rating your pain, pain treatment options and home pain management.

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Regional anesthesia for post-operative pain control

This 24-minute video explains what a peripheral nerve block is and how you can use it to control pain in the hospital and after you return home.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Surgery: What You Need to Know, surg-ah-21686
First Published: 01/15/2011
Last Reviewed: 11/25/2019