There are a number of things patients must do before the operation that will help both the recovery from the operation and the ultimate result.
A time of minimal stress is best. It would be ill advised to have the procedure following major life changes, such as a new job, change in location or death in the family. You need to give your full attention to this process and not be distracted by other events.
You should also make arrangements to have help available at home for the first 2-4 weeks to help with child care and daily living activities such as laundry, housecleaning, yard maintenance, grocery shopping, etc.