The following instructions are essential to a safe experience and good outcome for your tummy tuck surgery. Use this as a checklist as you approach your surgery date. This is essential to your health and safety. There may be several weeks between your decision to have surgery and your actual surgical date. During this time there are several important considerations.
You need not engage in an aggressive or new fitness routine; however practicing good fitness habits is an important factor in your overall health and well-being. Stretching exercises and low-weight strength training now, can help to enhance your posture and your strength in the weeks following surgery.
Make certain to schedule ALL of the pre-surgical testing and clearance you have been given.
Stress and anxiety over life’s daily events, and even your planned surgery can affect you. While some anxiety is common, any serious stress, or distress over the thought of surgery is something you must discuss with our office. We are here to support you and answer all of your questions. We want your decision to be one made with confidence. Call our office with any unusual anxiety or concerns. Get plenty of rest. If you have trouble sleeping, call our office.
Your prescription medications for use AFTER surgery will be sent to your pharmacy BEFORE surgery. Please arrange to pick these up prior to your surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe you a pain medication and an antibiotic.
Taking any of the following can increase your risk of bleeding and other complications:
You may wish to purchase more than one garment for laundering purposes. Compression garments that will be required immediately after surgery will be provided by Dr. Tanna on the day of surgery
Use an anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap. Shampoo your hair. Do not use any hair gel or other styling products, scented skin creams or moisturizers. Do not use any deodorant, hair spray, perfume or cosmetics. Remove all finger nail and toe nail polish.
No candy, gum or mints. Anything more than a small amount of water as needed for brushing teeth or swallowing medication may result in the need to cancel surgery.