As with all surgeries, there are certain steps that you must take to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the procedure or procedures that you and your surgeon determine are the right choices for you.
If you are a smoker, prospective patients are required to stop smoking at least two and sometimes as much as six weeks before the surgery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and that can hinder healing. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about stopping smoking before and after your surgery.
Arriving at your destination a few days before surgery gives you a chance to adjust to the time difference, if any, and go through the bowel cleansing process in the peace and quiet of your hotel. The bowel prep empties your intestines, reducing potential problems during surgery, and ensuring that you do not have bowel movements for a few days after surgery. Think of it as an unpleasant experience that offers the benefit of losing a few pounds.