Preparing for breast reconstruction surgery is essential if you want to ensure the surgery goes well and you get the desired results without any unwanted complication or side effects. Many people think that preparing for surgery refers to all the pre-op preparations that one carries out on the day of the surgery. But this is not true, an ideal candidate starts preparing himself at least a month before the surgery.
If you are also planning to undergo breast reconstruction surgery, please read the following instructions and follow them closely so that you have a successful surgery and you reap the desired results out of it.
4 weeks before surgery:
- Stop your aspirin consumption ideally 4 weeks before the surgery.
- Also say no to other blood thinners, such as ibuprofen, warfarin, advil, and plavix, if you are consuming any.
- Supplements such as omega 3, cod liver oil and vitamin E are also blood thinning medications so avoid them as well.
- Garlic is very good for your health but limit its consumption as well during the month leading to your surgery.
2 weeks before surgery:
- Stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery. Even a single cigarette can adversely affect your healing process and overall results of surgery.
- Say no to alcohol and alcohol containing products at least two weeks before the surgery. Alcohol’s effects on your overall results and recovery could be much worse than cigarette.
- Have all your blood tests done and reports submitted to your surgeon 10 to 14 days prior to the procedure so that your doctor is able to review your results well before surgery.
- All payments for the operation should be completed by now to avoid any last minute hassle or confusion.
1 week before surgery:
- Have all your prescriptions filled at least 7 days before the surgery.
- Also purchase a support bra, if your provider does not commit to give you one.
- Make arrangements for transportation to and from the hospital, especially from the hospital, since you will be sore and drowsy for at least 12 hours after surgery. Even after that, don’t drive for at least one week.
- Please let your surgeon know if you have a cold, chest infection or any other similar condition. All infections, especially coughing and sneezing must be treated and resolved before the surgery.
1 Day before surgery:
- Prepare a small pack of things that you need to bring with you to the hospital, such as your ID card, credit cards, water bottle and any prescription medicine that doctor has asked you to bring along)
- Prepare clothes to wear to clinic on the day of surgery
- Start taking your prescription medication, if any suggested by your physician
- Stop eating or drinking anything after midnight before your surgery
One the day of surgery:
- Wear loose fitting clothes
- Do not wear any jewelry to the hospital as you will be asked to remove that before surgery
- Leave all valuables at home, such as precious jewelry or extra cash etc.
- Above all, stay calm and relaxed. It is a simple surgery that you should feel confident about
Follow these instructions and stay assured you will have a successful surgery and speedy recovery.