A patient scheduled for an anorectal surgical operation may be facing the experience of surgery for the first time in his or her life. The surgeon, on the other hand, deals with such situations on a daily basis and is quite familiar with what the patient may experience after surgery. Thus, it is important that the surgeon share this practical knowledge with patients when preparing them for the surgical experience and allaying fears, many of which may be based on misinformation. Unlike other aspects of medicine, there are few mass media resources that publicize anorectal diseases or serve as references. During the initial preoperative visit there is rarely sufficient time to allow explanation of every detail of the postoperative course. In addition, the patient is unlikely to retain all of the significant information that is provided. As a result, it is critical that the verbal information be reinforced with clearly written instructions or even a videotaped presentation. It is important to periodically review these instructions for completeness and keep them updated.
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