Before Surgery Patient Care Guide is helpful if you are considering a tummy tuck, breast surgery, facelift, fat transfer, or liposuction with Shape Cosmetic Surgery in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, or the greater northwest, there are many ways to help your recovery be less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are a few tips to help you through this process of preparing!
Prior to your surgery, we recommend grocery shopping, cleaning your home and other activities you may not be able to do while you recover from your cosmetic surgery. This will help relieve stress during your recovery and make the healing process more relaxing.
Preparing pre-made food items is always helpful. Discussing with your children that you may be unable to attend certain events for a few days may help them feel less anxious as well. Children love to help and most enjoy pampering you during this time!
It is mandatory that you arrange for someone over the age of 18 years old to provide transportation to and from surgery and the following day for your post-operative appointment. While taking your pain medication, please do not drive until you have not taken the medication for 48 hours. Your driving abilities may be impaired for this period and up to 48 hours after you have stop medication as well.
Please arrange for a caregiver to remain with you for 24 hours after your procedure. This is mandatory due to you receiving anesthetic medication. If you have young children you may not be able to care for them for 24-48 hours following surgery. Having someone to help with your children is very important. This person should monitor your pain medication doses and be able check on you throughout the night. If there are any problems, questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Lundeby at 509-458-7546
Follow the instructions on your medications that were prescribed by your surgeon. The night before you will need to:
Don’t bring your valuables or wear any jewelry (no rings, earrings, chains, toe rings, watches or other metal piercing, such as tongue and nose rings. This can interfere with some surgical instruments and may increase your risk of infection.
If you have a body piercing that cannot be removed, please contact the office to find out what your options are. You may be asked to remove metal piercing and replace with plastic stud if possible.
If you smoke, refrain from cigarettes at least two weeks prior to and until completely healed or at least six weeks after surgery. The health of your skin and the ability of your wounds to heal are greatly impaired by the effects of smoking. In certain circumstances, and with certain procedures, your procedure may be cancelled or delayed if you test positive for recent tobacco use.
Discontinue aspirin or any drugs containing aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (2) two weeks prior to surgery. These drugs cause increased bruising and bleeding at the time of surgery due to the effects on clotting. Use Tylenol instead prior to surgery. DO NOT use Tylenol after surgery if you are taking your prescribed pain medication from Dr. Lundeby, it contains Tylenol as well.
Vitamin supplements should all be discontinued 2 weeks prior to the procedure as well. Exceptions are Bromelain and Arnica, which some use to prevent bleeding and bruising. These supplements can typically be restarted the day following surgery.