When facing an approaching surgery we want to be as prepared as possible. There are many task oriented items we can check off our list to plan for the periods both before and after a procedure. Learn how you can prepare yourself for these anxious times so you can lift some of the burden from your mind.
How To Prepare for Surgery
Successful surgery requires many factors, both before and after the actual procedure. Each individual procedure, surgeon, and patient will vary, but the following tips are general guideline.
2 Weeks Prior to Surgery
- Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or similar products. These medications increase risk of bleeding and bruising.
- Stop taking herbals teas and medications. These also increase risk of bleeding.
- Stop smoking. You might as well quit.
- Pickup whatever prescriptions are required after the surgery.
- Review your surgeons post-operative instructions.
Day Prior to Surgery
- Do not eat anything after midnight, including coffee and fluids. Your stomach should be empty for several hours prior to surgery or anesthesia, otherwise your procedure will be delayed or cancelled.
- Review your surgeons post-operative instructions
Day of Surgery
- Don’t bring valuables
- Don’t wear contact lenses
- Don’t wear makeup or nail polish
- Lastly, don’t hesitate to review everything with your surgical team. Safety is the primary concern.
About the Author: Dr. Houtan Chaboki is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who sees patients from Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia. Rhinoplasty and minimally invasive nasal surgery, eyelid surgery, face lifts, and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation (Botox® Cosmetic, facial fillers, skin care) are his specialties as a facial cosmetic surgeon. He has an individualized approach with each aesthetic patient, providing various treatment options. Dr. Chaboki performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cosmetic treatment option which is most appropriate for you.Sharing is Caring!