smoke, stop smoking for at least 2 weeks pre-op (smoking
greatly increases your risk of complications including necrosis).
Obtain a copy of your doctor's
post operative instructions.
Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery.
Arrange for someone to care for you the first 24-72 hours after surgery.
Fill prescriptions before surgery.
Purchase thermometer, antibacterial soap, dressings, gauze, etc.
Set up home recovery area: lots of pillows, blankets, magazines and books,
journal to note your recovery, television, CD player, IPOD, remote controls,
Whistle or a bell, cell phone, walkie-talkie or intercom system for
Prepare meals before time and freeze them.
Healthy snacks to have on hand: Gatorade, protein shakes, soup, applesauce,
jell-O, frozen dinners, yogurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese, juice.
Consider speaking to your physician about low-sodium foods to reduce
Prepare ice packs (frozen packs of
fruit, gel packs, etc.) to reduce post-op swelling - or you can make your
own ice packs using 1 part alcohol, 3 parts water in baggies. This
formulation of alcohol and water works great, as it makes a slush, so the
ice pack will mold to your surgical area.
Purchase moisturizers for your skin, scar reducing
creams for later on in the recovery. (Topical ointments/scar
remedies should not be used on incisions that are open).
Laxatives (pain medication can cause constipation – Colace,
Diosate Sodium with Cassanthal, etc. can help tremendously.)
Eye Drops (after any surgery, eyes can become very dry).
Consider hand-held shower head and bathroom chair.
the day of surgery, wear loose clothing that is easy to get off and on after
surgery (hooded sweatshirt that zips up the front, button down shirt, sweat
There are several factors that
contribute to post-operative depression, including:
The medications, anesthesia and trauma of the surgery have physical effects
that will affect your emotional well-being.
Stress and fear regarding complications and disfigurement
Refraining from exercise can make you feel tired, and out of sorts.
Adjusting to your new look
Dealing with family and friends reactions to your surgery
Feeling guilty about having the procedure
It is perfectly normal to have post operative depression. Take time for
yourself; to get yourself back on track, with making sure you relax and try not
to overdue. Having support from your family and friends helps tremendously when
recovering from elective surgery.