Plastic Surgery Preparation
Now is the time for you to freak
out, have second thoughts, run around looking for recovery supplies and have
your life in an emotional upheaval. For many, this is a very stressful time,
but it doesn't have to be. It is perfectly natural for you to experience anxiety now that surgery is a few weeks away. Just following the advice,
composed with the help of real patients, and things will go much more smoothly.
The Pre-op Appointment
If you schedule a surgery date you will more than
likely schedule a pre-operative visit appointment as well. This will entail
another trip to the surgeon's office, as well as to a lab for bloodwork which
may include a Complete Blood Count (CBC), Prothrombin test (PT, or blood
clotting), a pregnancy test (if applicable), and possibly an HIV or Hepatitis C
You will also deciding last
minute details, although you have up until the day of surgery so don't stress.
You will go over your instructions again and what medications you
shouldn't be taking as well as the ones you SHOULD take before surgery.
You will also be given (or should
be given) a list of medications that you must cease or avoid taking. These
medications will mostly be aspirin-containing products and supplements that may
inhibit clot formation or cause problems with anesthesia. Please visit the
& Supplement List page for more information for an incomplete example,
Here to view a Printable List of Medications To Avoid
You may also be given a list of
things to buy or have around you in your healing room. Things like
frozen peas for icing you down to ease the swelling and bruising. Peas stink when they
are frozen and defrosted over and over so be careful with your bags! Trust me.
A friend of mine developed a hole on one of her bag-o-peas and green stinky pea juice ran
all over her, her bandages and bed linens.
You may be asked to buy an
perhaps Hibiclens or Dial Anti-bacterial liquid soap, for cleansing a
few days before surgery to kill Staph and other natural, surface bacteria. You will also
need to purchase gauze and
other types of dressings to tend to your incision area (if applicable). I have provided a
list of tips and suggestions for your convenience below or you may click the link for a printable
version to have on hand.
Preparing Your Recovery Area
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You should clean your house a few
days before your surgery so that you will have time to relax the night
before. This includes laundry, the kitchen, dishes, and the
bathroom you will be using.
If you have children, arrange for
them to be cared for by a family member if you can. The grandparents
may look forward to the visit and you could use the break the first
For your four legged "children",
arrange for your caretaker to take care of walks, cat box cleanings,
etc. If you cannot have them taken care of, be sure their
food is easily accessible. You will more than likely have to
bend down, but please do so with caution and bend at the knees
carefully. Remember to get up slowly and brace yourself for balance.
If you will not have someone to
prepare your every meal, have easy to cook (as in microwavable, or
easily heated) meals on hand. Or cook your own and freeze them
for heating up later. Choose healthful meals and snacks.
If you can, place all of your
needed foods and other items within easy reach, preferably at hip
level. Including your silverware and can opener!
Purchase several bags of frozen
peas, usually 3 to 4 bags will be sufficient This
way you will always have a fully frozen bag when you need it.
Remember to place the bags in the freezer at least the day before your
Make helpful lists which your
caretaker or significant other may need. This may include thermostat
settings, bill due dates, delivery dates, etc. Things that you
can not take care of in advance, but that you usually take care of,
may be confusing to others.
Place the toiletries you will need,
such as extra toilet paper, within reach so that you do not have to
reach, bend over, or climb up to get them.
Have an area set up on your
nightstand for your medications, with a medication organizer (with day
and time dose compartments), and a written back up schedule/check
Place several bottles of bottled
water and plain, low sodium crackers on your nightstand.
Place your vomit pail (coffee tub
with lid) within easy reach as well.
Place Wetnaps, Kleenex and a roll
of paper towels within reach.
Saline nasal spray
Place a digital thermometer near
the bed so that you will be reminded to take your temperature.
It is a good idea to assign a time schedule for your readings, for
instance before you take your AM and PM medications. Write this
on your checklist.
Make sure your remote controls have
fresh batteries, or are fully charged.
Rent or download movies, video
games, purchase books or magazines, or download digital or audio books
in advance so that you will have something to do when you are not
Have your cellphone, charger cord,
and a power supply nearby as well. You can use your cellphone in
an emergency and also to call or text for your caretaker.
Have your MP3 player and earbuds
nearby with its charger as well
Set up your bed with plenty of
pillows including body pillows or "husband" pillows if you have any.
if you have a recliner, you may wish to sleep there instead.
Place an extra blanket or throw
easily within reach.
You may want to wear
comfortable pajamas or sweats Tops which close via buttons
or snaps will be easiest for you so you don't have to risk hitting
your face while pulling a top over your head (if you have had facial
surgery). If you have had body surgery, you will more than likely
have to sleep elevated anyway, and wear very comfortable clothing.
If you wear slippers, make sure they
have grip on the soles. If you choose to wear socks without grip,
take care when walking on slippery surfaces.
Make sure your laptop is charged and
that you have a power supply nearby. Especially if you are going
to document your experience for a journal.
Make sure you have your digital
camera fully charged and has an empty memory stick (or disposable camera).
Make a list of your emergency
numbers for your caretaker, or for you, to find easily in the event
that you might need them.
More Preparation PDF FIles
Swelling & Bruising
Want help in the swelling and bruising department? Maybe some
Arnica Montana or
Bromelain. Always ask your doctor before taking anything
other than what he prescribed.