The following is an excerpt from our new e-book, How to prepare for plastic surgery.
Several weeks before surgery
Ask for help
In most cases, you will need someone to be with you for the first 24 hours after you return home. This is a safety precaution to ensure that you have help in case of an emergency. In addition, even if you don’t have children, you may wish to ask family members and friends to be available for some extra help during the first few days after your surgery. Having someone only a phone call away if you need something from the store or need a hand with a task is recommended, especially if you don’t live with another adult who can help you throughout the day. It’s beneficial to have someone check in with you to make sure you are feeling well and to take care of tasks around the home, like washing a few dishes. You may wish to give a few trusted friends or family members a key to your home so they can come in and check on you without requiring you to answer the door.
Prepare your home
Your home may already be comfortable and cozy, but now is the time to think about your home from the perspective of a post-surgery patient. Things like climbing stairs or walking long distances to the bath or kitchen are not desirable when you should be resting. You may wish to set up a temporary post-surgical spot on the main floor of your home with a recliner chair, a couch or bed, your television, favorite books and magazines, and a table where you can have your healthy snacks and beverages.
Medications and supplements
In your pre-surgical consultation, you likely discussed what medications you take. This includes any and all vitamins, supplements, over-the-counter medications, and prescriptions. In some cases, you will be advised to stop taking certain medications several days or even weeks prior to your surgery. If this is the case, you may wish to put a reminder on the bottle, or in your phone or computer, so you remember to stop taking the meds as directed. Some medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E, and several others can increase your risk of bleeding and complications during surgery — so follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Preparing for your surgery can help you feel at ease before, during, and after your procedure. Learn more about how you can prepare by downloading your free copy from our e-book library.
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