You have done your research and found an experienced plastic surgeon that you have total confidence in. As your big day approaches, here is some helpful breast reduction surgery preoperative advice.
Stop smoking well in advance prior to your surgery. Smokers and heavy caffeine drinkers have the tendency to take longer to heal because it constricts blood flow to the surgical site. Good circulation is imperative to healing tissue.
Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and Vitamin E prevent platelet formation. Platelets are blood cells that cause your blood to clot and keep you from bleeding. Your plastic surgeon will advise you to stop these medications prior to your surgery.
Stop taking aspirin and vitamin E 10 days before surgery. Some of the medications containing aspirin are: Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, Ecotrin and Midol.
Also, desist from Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications at least 48 hours prior to your surgery date. Some of the medications containing NSAIDs are: Advil, Diclofenac, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Indocin, Meloxicam, Mobic, Toradol and Volteren.
Make your plastic surgeon Dr Michael Zacharia aware if you are taking a COX-2 inhibitor such as Celebrex or Bextra. He may advise you not to take this medication because of its effect on platelet formation.
Important breast reduction surgery advice would be to call the insurance company to be sure you are approved for surgery and pre-certification is completed.
Check with the plastic surgeon’s office to verify all the lab results and tests ordered are completed. Be sure you have a copy of the “Preoperative” and “Postoperative” Instructions and all necessary forms are signed.
If the physician gave you prescriptions, have them filled so they will be there when you need them. Don’t wait until the last minute. Breast reduction surgery preoperative advice is that pain is easier to control if you don’t wait until it is severe before taking your pain medication.
You will be given prescriptions for pain medication and an antibiotic. You will also be instructed to take “all” of the antibiotic and take the pain medication “PRN” (if you need it) for pain control.
While you are at the pharmacy you might want to purchase a laxative, such as Colace. Pain medications are known to cause constipation.
Arrange for someone “compassionate” to drive you to and from surgery. The surgeon will not operate on you if you are “dropped off.” You will be instructed not to drive for several days after your surgery.
Arrange for someone that cares for you to stay with you for 2-3 days after surgery. You will be uncomfortable and in bed most of the time. You will most likely have ice packs on your chest (or frozen vegetables) and your arms propped up on pillows.
For your comfort, breast reduction surgery advice would be to prepare to spend a lot of time in bed. For the first day or so you will do a lot of sleeping. If there is a television in the room you won’t be so bored.
Keep magazines, books, snacks, water and various other supplies close at hand. You probably won’t want a lot of company for a couple of days.
Drink plenty of fluids so your body will be adequately hydrated. Eat a light healthy meal the night before surgery. Clean your bowels if you can and get a good night’s sleep.
Another helpful breast reduction surgery preoperative advice item would be to arrive early for your procedure. Think about how hard it will be getting dressed after breast surgery. Wear loose sweat pants, a very loose top that does not have to go over your head and slip on shoes.
Everything you do to properly prepare yourself for surgery will make the “after surgery experience” a little better. Of course you’re not going to get out of this without a few annoyances so do your best to prepare appropriately for this surgery.
Pay attention to this breast reduction surgery preoperative advice and things should go somewhat smoother for you and you’ll need all the “smooth” you can get.