It is not unusual to be nervous the day of your surgery. This is completely normal. Hopefully this information will help you be prepared so you will feel more comfortable.

Surgery Day & RecoverySurgery Day

  • Don’t eat or drink anything unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon
  • If you take prescription medication, ask your surgeon whether or not you should take them the morning of the surgery with a sip of water
  • You can brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash, but do not swallow any liquid
  • Do not use breath mints or chewing gum
  • Do not apply makeup, lotions or nail polish
  • Do not wear jewelry
  • Do not wear contacts. If you wear glasses be sure and bring a case for them
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes: a shirt that buttons at the front, elastic waist pants, slip-on-shoes

When you arrive at the surgery centre, you will change into a gown. The nurse or anesthesiologist will check your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. The plastic surgeon will make marks with a felt pen before surgery and may take some pre-operative photos. You may be given a sedative before you are taken into the operating room.

Recovery

Following most surgeries, you will be allowed to go home once you are awake and alert. For some extensive procedures, an overnight stay at the clinic/hospital may be required.

When You Get Home

  • Someone must be with you for 24 hours
  • Set up your recovery area so that everything you need is within easy reach and that you will not have to stretch or strain
  • Have a phone by your bed
  • Do not get up without assistance. Stay quiet and do little talking, moving and lifting as excessive activity may cause bleeding
  • Pain medication can be taken soon after leaving the office as needed
  • If you experience nausea, use anti-nausea medication and have a bucket by your bed
  • Sip liquids slowly, increase gradually.  By evening you may have a light, soft meal.
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 48 hours
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not drive or do anything that requires your coordination for 48 hours following the surgery