With a little bit of planning, you can be prepared for the procedure as well as the period following the surgery. The most important step of preparation is consulting with the surgeon and making sure you are comfortable with the consultation. If you have any follow-up questions, do not hesitate to ask. Any concerns can be written down so you do not forget, and the same applies to answers from the surgeon. Below are a few general recommendations from the experts.
Good health for smooth sailing
General well being will put you in prime condition for the day of the procedure. Eat healthy foods such as leafy greens and meats that are low in fat. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine a few days beforehand. For smokers, consider refraining from smoking for a few days before as well as after the surgery. If possible, avoid smoking for months leading up to and following the procedure. It may be helpful to make sure you do your favourite things to maintain a healthy and relaxed mood. Going for walks will help with your mood as well as introducing exercise into your schedule.
You will need to change your routine for a few days by:
- temporarily avoiding certain medications as instructed by your physician
- avoiding food and drink starting the night before
- refrain from wearing cosmetics, perfumes, creams, and deodorant
- remove nail polish from toenails and fingernails
Staying safe and comfortable
You will not be able to drive or walk around 24 hours after the procedure. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you to and from the clinic. They will look after you for at least a day. Be sure that they are able to take care of you. It may help by informing them what things they can do to help you feel better, your preferences, and your expectations.
Fill prescriptions that you’ll need for recovery before the surgery. Put the containers close to your resting area, such as next to the bed or sofa. Any preferred juices or bottled waters should be bought beforehand, along with easily digested food such as crackers. Make plans for spending the day indoors, such as renting interesting movies or listening to nice music. During this time, it is not advisable to try and take care of pets or small children. If possible, have your caretaker look after your dependants until you’re back on your feet.