Preparing for Surgery
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Preparing for Surgery

As with any type of surgery, there are certain preparations that need to take place. Determining what preparations are necessary will depend on what type of surgery you have and the type of anesthesia that will be given. The following are considerations for you to discuss with your doctor or surgeon before your procedure:

  • Ask the surgeon to explain the benefits, risks, and expectations of the procedure.

  • Discuss what type of anesthesia will be given and what recovery time is expected.

  • Tell your doctor of any medicines (over-the-counter or prescription) you are currently taking, as well as any prior procedures, history of chronic illnesses, or allergies you may have.

  • Stop drinking and eating for the recommended time period before and after surgery.

  • Stop smoking as instructed.

  • Follow any specific preoperative bathing, shaving, or cleaning instructions.

  • Discuss any postoperative instructions that need to be followed (for example, changing dressings, post-op medicines, follow-up appointments).

  • Do not wear makeup the day of surgery, including nail polish.

  • Do not wear eye contacts the day of surgery.

  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home.

  • Advise the medical staff of dentures or other prosthetic devices you may be wearing.

  • Arrange all insurance coverage before surgery, as many insurance carriers do not cover many types of plastic surgery procedures (particularly cosmetic procedures).

  • Arrange a ride home after your procedure.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: Lickstein, David, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/22/2016
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