Dr. Hochstein recommends that you should prepare your life to be as simple as possible for two weeks after your surgery. Purchase groceries and household supplies in advance, prepare single serving meals that could also be frozen for easy use, and stock up on a lot of fluids. This will be extremely helpful while you are healing and unable to cook. Also, you should bring things you’ll need down from shelves so you don’t have to extend your arms to reach up and have plenty of pillows on hand. You will need to sleep in an elevated position for the first few days to avoid swelling; this is especially important if you are having a Breast Augmentation or a Tummy Tuck procedure. If you are “lucky” enough to have a husband with a recliner, this may be a nice place to position yourself for the first few days, just have the remote control handy, and make sure that someone helps you get in and out of the chair. If you don’t happen to have one, you can always rent one. Clean the house so you won’t have to contend with it when you’re feeling down, remember this is your time to heal and is not a good time to clean.
You will need to arrange for transportation for the day of surgery and your follow-up appointments. Anticipate that you will not be able to drive for 4-5 days or while you are on pain medication. We do have a private driving service should you want extra assistance!
It is Mandatory that you have a friend or family member watch you during your first 24 hours after surgery. This person should be able to refresh your ice packs as needed, give you fluids and your prescribed medications, prepare your food, check on you throughout the night and most importantly, recognize if there are any problems and contact your doctor in case of an emergency.
If you don’t have anyone available, you can always arrange for a nurse to take care of you. Call our office and we will arrange for a caregiver to take care of you at your house, hotel, or at our recovery home.
If you have children, it would be a good idea to arrange for someone to take care of them for at least the first 24-48 hours. You will not be able to pick them up and care for them in the way they’ve become accustomed to.
Day Before Surgery
Our office will be calling you between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. to go over your surgery time and remind you of all the DO’S AND DON’T’S the day before your surgery. Also, our Anesthesiologist will be calling to go over a few things to prepare you for Anesthesia.
Don’t bring your valuables or wear any jewelry on the day of your surgery.
If you have a body piercing that cannot be removed, please contact the office to find out what your options are or if it may be able to be taped.
If you wear contacts, remove them the morning of surgery and wear your glasses instead. It’s also a good idea to bring the eyeglasses case to store them while you’re in surgery.
We suggest wearing dark comfortable loose fitting clothing that you do not need to put over your head. Track suits and button downs are the best! Warm socks are also nice because the operating room is cold and most people feel chilly after the anesthesia.
If you have long hair, make sure you bring a hair clip or a scrunchie for after surgery. Sunglasses and a big soft floppy hat is a great idea for patients that are having a face lift and/or eyelid surgery. Just make sure that the hat is loose fitting and made of soft materials, not straw.
This is your chance to feel like a movie star!!
Planning ahead for surgery and anesthesia can help ensure a successful procedure and smooth recovery!
For The First Few Days
Stay away from foods that contain a lot of salt and MSG. This could upset your stomach and cause you to retain water.
It is normal to be afraid and concerned about having surgery. Here at Dr. Hochstein’s office, we encourage our patients to ask a lot of questions until they feel confident not only in Dr. Hochstein but his staff as well. Emotional support is very important when having plastic surgery and oftentimes family and friends have a hard time giving the support that’s needed due to a lack of understanding. Oftentimes people don’t understand how important this surgery is to you and how to deal with your feelings about your upcoming surgery. Because plastic surgery is elective and it is cosmetic, friends and family can become complacent not realizing how important it is that you have their support at this time. Also friends and family may have your best intention in mind, but not have the right information to help you along your journey. Remember this may be the only surgery you ever have, but here at Dr. Hochstein’s office, we go through this with patients every day so it is very important to us that you feel comfortable not only with the doctor but our entire team. With this in mind, we will do our very best to make sure your journey is not only a success, but that you receive all the emotional support you need.
Drink Plenty Of Water And Get Bed Rest!
Recliner Rental Services
If you are having a cosmetic procedure such as a tummy tuck or a full mommy makeover you should be well informed and prepare for the post-operative period. Careful planning can make a huge difference in your recovery.
There are two recliners Dr. Hochstein recommends for after surgery.
The Electric Recovery Recliner is designed with a deeply contoured back with uniquely rounded arms. The back support is heavily padded and the seat is semi- firm to allow for comfortable sitting and lying. With a hand-held control and quiet operation, you can open and close the chair to your personal position of comfort with the simple touch of a button. The electric mechanism allows you to stop any position. For sleeping, the recliner opens to a 25 degree angle which the angle is commonly recommended by surgeons in the post-operative period.
The second is the Electric/Lift Recovery Chair. This chair provides all the comfort and benefits of the Electric Recovery Chair while adding the lift mechanism. This added feature aides in standing. The mechanism actually lifts you to your feet by the simple touch of a button. This feature is essential for persons who have had body lifts or multiple procedures at once. The benefits of an Electric recliner in the postoperative period are myriad. The Mechanism allows you to open and close without using muscles that are commonly achy and weak after cosmetic procedures. For Example, after a tummy tuck the abdominal muscles are very tender and sitting down from a lying position can be very painful; sometimes impossible without assistance. Even with the use of a traditional recliner, pain is usually associated because there is a certain force needed to pull the leg mechanism inward while pulling on the lever in order for the recliner to close. This alone causes pain and many times cannot be done without assistance.
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