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Pre-Operative Preparation List for Abdominoplasty



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Before your Abdominoplasty:

  • If you smoke – stop or at the very least stop for at least two weeks prior the surgery and no smoking during recovery.  It is very important to listen to your surgeon regarding his policies with smoking, as there is a potential risk of increase complications.


  • Stop taking any and all aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications.  Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a list of medications to stay away from.  You can view the list here.


  • Your plastic surgeon will give you a list of his policies or pre and post operative care.  It is very important you adhere to everything your surgeon has told you.


  • Make arrangements for an adult to be with you for the first 24 – 72 hours after surgery. 


  • Someone will need to drive you to and from the surgery center.


  • Your plastic surgeon will give you prescriptions to be filled for antibiotics, pain medication, anti-nausea medication, etc.) before surgery. 


  • Ask your surgeon if you can use Bromelain and Arnica Gel for swelling and bruising.  Do not use these without prior approval from your own plastic surgeon.


  • Clean your home or have your home cleaned by a cleaning service.


  • Shop for recovery food, such as jell-o, pudding, soup, yogurt, juice and or crackers and (purchase flexible straws for easier drinking)


  • Ask your surgeon about low sodium foods to help reduce swelling.


  • Prepare and freeze meals for 2 weeks.


  • Make sure you have enough pillows, magazines, books, videos or dvds, television, remote control, laptop computer, wet wipes, video games, to help occupy your time recovering.


  • If your room gets a lot of sunlight during the day, make sure you have blinds or drapes to help black out the room so you can sleep.


  • Have a whistle, bell, intercom, or walkie-talkie so your spouse or family member can help you if you need assistance.


  • Telephone with a speaker near your bed.


  • Icepacks – either prepare them ahead of time or you can buy packs of frozen fruit to help reduce post operative swelling.  Frozen fruit works better than frozen vegetables, because the smell is not as bad when it is thawing out.


  • You will probably have drains.  Purchase a “drain apron” which will help support the drains so that they will not tug on your incision area.


  • Thermometer so you can check your temperature periodically during recovery.  If you are running a low grade fever after surgery, make sure you contact your plastic surgeon immediately.


  • Mouthwash


  • Eye-drops – your eyes might be dried out from having the surgery


  • Laxatives – you will need to make sure you take these with your medication each day, as narcotics can be constipating.


  • Hand-held shower head and chair, incase you are too weak to stand up on your own.


  • Scar creams or treatments.  More than likely you will be advised against putting anything on the incisions for 6 weeks or more.  Ask your surgeon when you can start scar therapy, as every plastic surgeon is different with their instructions regarding this timeline.


  • Day of surgery wear something comfortable and loose fitting, such as a running suit (with pull on pants) or a button down shirt.


  • Most important “Follow your surgeon’s directions” regarding medication, eating and drinking.  More than likely, your physician will be calling and checking on you the night of surgery.  If you feel you need to talk to your physician at anytime, he will have an emergency on call number for you to contact him.







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