The following instructions are essential to a safe experience and good outcome. 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 an aggressive or new fitness routine; however practicing good fitness habits is an important factor in your overall health and well-being. Upper body stretches and low-weight strength training now, can help to enhance your posture and your strength in the weeks following surgery. Most importantly, don’t over-do it. Avoid anything strenuous or that could potentially cause injury to your shoulders, back, pectoral muscles, arms or upper body.
Make certain to schedule ALL of the pre-operative 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.
Surgical garments will be provided to you at the time of your surgery, so you don’t need to shop for a post-surgery bra. However, if you choose to purchase additional garments on your own, keep in mind:
Taking any of the following can increase your risk of bleeding and other complications:
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. You will be given prescription pain medication and an antibiotic.
Call our office with any unusual anxiety or concerns. Get plenty of rest. If you have trouble sleeping, call our office.
Also confirm plans with your 24-hour support person and make certain he or she has all of your post-operative instructions.
Use an anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap. Shampoo your hair. Do not use any scented skin creams or moisturizers.
Anything more than a small amount of water as needed for brushing teeth or swallowing medication may result in the need to cancel surgery. This includes candy, gum, and mints.
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