Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay

Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay

by Kaye Newton
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Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay by Kaye Newton

How well you prepare for a hospital stay or surgery and can affect your health. This reassuring guide will show you the best ways to stay safe and make your recovery easier. "Packed with important details --and a dash of humor-- so you can have a successful surgery and hospital experience and get on with your life." (Elisabeth Leamy, The Dr. Oz Show)

Learn how to manage pre-surgery anxiety as well as practicalities like how to get some sleep in the hospital. Incision Decisions is chock-full of useful advice and planning tools. It's an invaluable guide for patients and their loved ones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692832547
Publisher: Linland Press
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kaye Newton lives outside Nashville with her husband, three children, and two lively dogs. "Incision Decisions", her first book, won a silver medal at the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards.

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Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay by Kaye Newton is a helpful guide for readers who are planning to undergo surgery or recovering from it. Planning to undergo surgery is a daunting task and in this book there are many useful and practical tips that one can implement to prepare well and educate themselves about their operation and recuperation. Reading this book will give one the feeling that they are in control and will enable them to make better decisions about their medical care. The author lays to rest the many doubts that linger in the minds of patients before their first major surgery. The tips and suggestions are simple and based on the issues the author has faced during her surgical experiences and the operations of her family members, along with some discussions with medical professionals, fellow patients, and reviews of accredited hospital websites. The author has done excellent research on the topic and handles it methodically and extensively, making it a beneficial guide to all those who are planning to have major surgery; especially if it is their first one. The topic is relevant yet not written about much, and that makes this book a must-read. The book is informative, educational, and also deals with the emotional and psychological angle of what a patient goes through while in the hospital for a surgical procedure and after one. The book will help readers understand the importance of being actively involved in their medical care.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (6/17) In “Incision Decisions,” author Kaye Newton provides some beneficial information on what to do when one is preparing for surgery. Topics range from finding a qualified surgeon, questions to ask, and getting second opinions, to enlisting others to help during the recovery process. Many of the topics I found were common sense; however, I do know that often information presented is overwhelming, medical terms are unclear, and the whole process is confusing. Newton provides a simple guide to assist the individual, family, and friends. Several points she makes are crucial in my mind: living wills and medical powers of attorney. Many hospitals require these documents today as well as DRN (do not resuscitate) wishes. Often, even though medical staff might say "simple surgery," things happen, and you want to have everything in writing. Newton also states, "don't rely on internet searches" to do your own diagnosing, and if you insist on doing it, go only to verified websites. She provides a list of these sites in the back of the book. Also, if you are currently working, you need to research the type of leave you qualify for, what your health insurance will pay for, and if you meet the criteria for disability leave. From my experience, start the process early; don't rely on others to handle paperwork as fast as you do. Depending on the type of surgery and length of recovery, you might want to consider appointing a friend or family member to be the point of contact for food, school and activity pick up for children, visitors, and transportation to and from medical appointments. Recovery occurs faster with less stress. Several detailed charts are included for keeping track of medications, simple make ahead and freeze meals, and suggestions on how to make one's place of living accident-free. “Incision Decisions” by Kaye Newton is an easy to read and understand guide; the author provides medical jargon, medical personnel you might meet in the hospital, where to get in-home help and nursing. Overall, this information is beneficial to everyone and an excellent resource to keep on your bookshelf.
marshmallowmars More than 1 year ago
I can't stop thinking about how thorough this book is, and what a valuable resource it will be to anyone who needs surgery. I'm currently in the process of dipping my toes into the idea of having a surgery, so I was most interested in some of the big picture things about how it could affect me and what I should plan for. However, I'm so excited that I have the more nitty gritty parts of this book to look back on in the future, should I choose to have the surgery. This book is incredibly comprehensive. Honestly, I cannot think of a single thing that Newton did not include that I think would be valuable, and she included a ton of things that I never would have even considered, but will prove extremely helpful to a lot of people. There are sample questions to ask your doctor, lists of things to check for at the hospital to avoid an infection, and even easy recipes for during your surgery recovery. My absolute favorite part about the book was the author's tone throughout. She's not afraid to make light of the medical situations she has experienced. One of the funniest parts of the book is the Resting at Home section in Chapter 9, where Newton does a great job in conveying her everyday challenges post-surgery in a light-hearted way that includes ghosts and Pinterest. Sections like this bring refreshing brevity to a heavy subject, but her humor never compromises how informative this book is. I think that this book could be helpful for people who are considering surgery, who have a surgery scheduled, or even someone who just had surgery. It also has advice that would be very helpful for spouses or friends of someone who has a serious medical condition. I have a coworker who is currently going through chemotherapy treatment, and although this book isn't directly about that, some of the advice about meal planning and how best to get help from friends and family will really help me in giving her some of the help she needs. I highly recommend this book!
paminwi More than 1 year ago
Indecision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay I read this book to see if others were as jolted as I was about having surgery. I just wish that Id found it before it was time for me to go under the knife. I have no doubt that I may have had a bit better of an experience managing my fear and emotions. Ms. Newton did a great job of acknowledging and offering suggestions for far more than just surgery itself. That it is the hands of hospitals, doctors, and surgeons. She took things to the next level to really discuss how there is so many other areas to consider with planning and then recuperation. I appreciated that it helped me to feel as if I wasn't alone in some of my anxiety and trying to consider everything My advice to whoever reads this review: If you are having surgery, get this book and give yourself the time to read every last word. You'll be happy that you did. And best wishes for a successful operation!
writermandy1984 More than 1 year ago
Incision Decisions: A Guide to Getting Through Surgery, Recovery, and Your Hospital Stay was an excellent guidebook for anyone that is needing to go through any surgery from selecting a surgeon to six weeks out from recovery. Each chapter in this guidebook covers any and all topics to dealing with surgery including what to do while stuck in bed, how to arrange for help with children, pets, and kids, and how to make realistic long term after surgery goals. In addition to the information in the chapters, an appendix, glossary, and chart templates can be found at the end of this resource book. My favorite thing about this book is the humor with which the author approaches the topic. Most of us are very nervous about surgery and find ourselves in less than graceful situations during the recovery process so it was nice to be able to laugh a little at this seasoned writer’s thoughts on her subject. The book was also so well thought out, organized on the topics, and the flow of the topics was very natural. The author obviously put a lot of thought and effort into her work and it shows! I was amazed at how much information she had padded her writing with and the resources provided within from recipes to the most current apps and websites that will help you arrange for recovery care from your surgery. She really seems to have thought of everything! There’s nothing bad I can think of about this book. I am considering having a major surgery and found it very helpful to read and if I decide to have the surgery will no doubt be glad to have nearby. It made the process of even setting up for the surgery and getting started on considering the surgery to be less overwhelming. There’s a lot of information and resources I don’t believe most people would find on their own or at least find easily included in the book so each patient doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel. I have some piece of mind and confidence after reading it. I think this is a great resource book for anyone considering surgery or for anyone who will be caretaking for someone getting ready to have surgery. There’s also lots of tips and resources for caretakers included in this work. Being able to have the assistance it offers in the recovery process will no doubt give patients recovering a better attitude and positive outlook recovering from surgery as well as take tons of stress off of them while making sure their needs are met. And I had more than a fair share of chuckles reading about the author’s outlooks on her own recovery process. This is a simple to read yet highly informative resource from someone who can put information in plain English as well as offer her own experiences to help out the next person in her position.