do I prepare for the test?
- Discuss the specific procedures planned during your chest surgery
ahead of time with your doctor. VATS is done by either a surgeon
or a trained pulmonary specialist. You will need to sign a consent
form giving the surgeon permission to perform this test. Talk
to your doctor about whether you will stay in the hospital for
any time after the procedure, so that you can plan for this.
You may need to have tests called pulmonary function tests (see
page 33) before this surgery, to make sure that you can recover
If you are taking insulin, discuss this with your doctor before
the test. If you take aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs, or other medicines that affect blood clotting, talk with
your doctor. It may be necessary to stop or adjust the dose of
these medicines before your test.
You will be told not to eat anything for at least eight hours
before the surgery. An empty stomach helps prevent the nausea
that can be a side effect of anesthesia medicines.
Before the surgery (sometimes on the same day), you will meet
with an anesthesiologist to go over your medical history (including
medicines and allergies) and to discuss the anesthesia.