Bring in all you medications- your usual medications and the new ones your surgeon prescribed. There is a good chance you will take some of them prior to surgery. Often, your surgeon will give you an anti-nausea medication to take before you leave home. A tiny sip of water to get down any medicines you need is OK. Bring in picture ID. Wear loose comfortable clothes such as a button down shirt, and slippers or slip on shoes. Wear socks to keep your feet warm. Do not wear any make-up, jewelry, body lotion, or lipstick. Clear chapstick is OK. Underarm deodorant is not allowed if you are having breast surgery. Wear a pad and not a tampon if you are on your period. Again, do not eat or drink anything unless you have been specifically told it is OK to do so.
Confirm your ride to and from the Newport Center for Special Surgery, as you will not be allowed to drive yourself home after your procedure even if you are having local anesthesia only. Have a light but nutritious evening meal. You do not want to eat foods that will leave you feeling bloated the next morning. Your surgeon may have you shower with an antimicrobial soap. Remove and rings, body, ear or tongue piercings as they can be hard to get out the morning of surgery. Pull your hair back and use a rubberband without metal. Check your surgeon's instructions as you may be asked to apply an anti-nausea patch. Take colored nail polish off one finger of each hand to allow the oxygen sensor to work at its best. Don't eat or drink anything after midnight unless your surgeon has instructed you otherwise. Prescribed sleep medications are generally OK if needed, as are over the counter sleep aids such as diphenhydramine.
Start getting hydrated. Being well hydrated can make the IV insertion easier, and helps when you cannot eat the day of surgery. Water, sports drinks, fruit juices are all fine. Do your shopping, prepare meals ahead of time, pay bills etc., so you can focus on your recovery needs after surgery. Have plenty of ice on hand for ice packs- crushed ice works best. For food, we find the B.R.A.T.S. diet (Bananas-Rice Applesause-Toast-Soup) works well after surgery. Check you surgeon's instructions as you may be asked to start a blood pressure medication at this time.
Stop any blood thinners such as aspirin, NSAID's such as naproxen and ibuprofen. Celecoxib and acetaminophen are OK to continue. If you are on Coumadin, Warfarin or other blood thinners, discuss with you surgeon before stopping. Also stop any herbal products and diet supplements. Many of these also cause some minor blood thinning, or can cause issues due to interactions with anesthesia. Get your prescriptions filled, such as pain medicines, anti-nausea meds, antimicrobial soap for the night before your procedure, and antibiotics well ahead of time to avoid problems. Avoid sunburns and artificial tan products. Don't worry about getting your nails done, we will ask you to not have long nails or any nail polish on the day of surgery.
Don't worry: The professionals at Newport Center for Special Surgery will guide you every step of the way before, during and after your cosmetic surgery. Always follow your surgeon's specific pre-op instructions. Your surgeon's instructions may differ from these general guidelines depending on your individual health concerns and specific procedure, As such, here are a few general rules to help you get ready for your plastic surgery.
Do: Always let your surgeon know if you develop a couch, cold, or any change in your medical condition before surgery. When in doubt, call your surgeon.
Do: Schedule a one on one Pre-Op Visit with your personal Newport Center for Special Surgery anesthesia Doctor well before your surgery to go your medical history and review your pre-op plans to make your surgery go as smooth as possible.
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