There are several things to do your big day comes near. What must you have on hand to help your recovery? Who will take care of your kids? What are you allowed to eat?
Usually, you will have a one or two preoperative visits with your surgeon prior to the operation, to talk about any last-minute details. This is also a time when you could ask those lingering questions about the surgery and the associated risks and costs. Your surgeon could also offer some advice on how you can calm your pre-surgery jitters too.
Additionally, you might require some lab work — including a complete blood count — before the procedure. These tests help make sure that you are healthy enough for the surgery. Your surgeon should provide an information packet as well, and it should include everything you have to do and know prior to your surgery date. Included should be a list of the medications you shouldn’t take for up to two weeks before and after the procedure. Included in this list is probably aspirin, as well as other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen, which makes you more likely to bleed.
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Your surgeon may tell you about homeopathic remedies such as Arnica montana and bromelain, which both help with the swelling and bruising. These are supposed to be taken prior to surgery to maximize their effects.
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If you’re a smoker, you must stop for at least two weeks before and two weeks after the date of surgery. Smoking can impede circulation and therefore delay the healing of the wound. With your surgeon, talk about the most effective ways of junking the habit for good.
It’s important to prepare for your recovery to make things go a lot smoother.
The following are some good recommendations:
> Clean your home before surgery.
> Have a nightlight to help you find your way to the bathroom at night.
> Have some recovery food items on hand, like frozen meals, pudding, or any other soft foods, if your surgery keeps you from eating normally.
> Your bed should be set up with plenty of pillows to elevate your head.
> Get someone to care for your child or pet care during the first few days or weeks of your recovery.
> Buy all of your medicines and dressings before the surgery, including antibacterial soap, antibiotics, a thermometer, and bags of frozen peas to help ease the swelling.
> Organize all medications in a labeled container, marked with times when they have to be taken.
> Put your medications nearby.>
On your nightstand while you’re recovering, it is recommended that you keep:
> Bottled water
> Low-sodium crackers
> Your medicines
> A remote control with fresh batteries)
> Fully-charged phone
Night Prior to Surgery
If you feel jumpy, take a deep breath and relax. Put on your favorite CD. Put that aromatic candle to work (lavender is a great choice). Wash your hair and remove the polish from your fingernails and toenails. Finally, get a good night’s sleep.