Preparing for your surgery well in advance can
ascertain that you have all that you need, and in ample time to make changes, or
order special items. Making a list with the help of your surgeon and
other patients, or utilizing our suggestions below can certainly help when you
feel overwhelmed by what to do and buy in preparation.
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initial consultation, you may book a surgery date. If you
choose to book, whether at the office, or via phone, you will
schedule your pre-operative appointment. A pre-operative
appointment is used to further evaluate your needs as a patient,
answer any remaining questions you may have, and to clarify your
expectations of what is possible.
This appointment is also to help you prepare
for your surgery. You will be given a list of the supplies
that you will need to buy that will your recovery go well, plus
prescriptions for medications (or they may be called into your
pharmacy, so have that number handy). You will take before
photos for your file and also be given any pertinent paperwork and
You will also be instructed to have lab work
performed and possibly a complete physical. This depends upon
the surgeon, your age, your state of your health, or any
pre-existing health conditions that you might have.
If you are a smoker, you will be advised to quit immediately. In fact,
you may be told that you will have to post-pone your surgery until the
nicotine has been out of your system long enough so that it does not affect
you whil eunder anesthesia, and also while healing. This includes
nicotine patches and vapor cigarettes as well.
We have provided a list for your convenience below:
Shopping List (PDF)
Here are some suggestions for your pre-operative shopping lists.
prescribed pain medications
prescribed anti-anxiety medications
over the counter (OTC) sleep
medications or ask your surgeon for a prescription
prescribed medications the patient
normally takes on a day to day or weekly basis (birth control)
Supplements & Vitamins
Topical arnica montana
Vitamin C, or Vicon C
Mild stool softeners
medication organizer or pill case
(with days of the week and times)
medication Time Schedule for when to
dressings, sponges, gauze,
triple antibiotic ointments
silicone sheeting, Mederma
Department Store, Online Store, or Other
extra pillows (varying in
firmness), body pillows
digital camera with memory card
journal (or use your laptop)
compression garments (medical only)
movie rentals or downloads
books, magazines, audio books,
coffee tub with lid (for nausea)
batteries for remote
robe, or oversized, comfortable shirts that button in the front
slippers (with grip on the soles)
small flashlight for late night
bathroom trips if you cannot get to the light switch easily.
Sometimes pain medications can also cause confusion upon awaking, and
you don't want to walk into a wall.
a nightlight, if you want to avoid
the above and are able to sleep with a little light, a low level
nightlight may be better than having to fumble for, and hold, a
Your Recovery Area
Preparing Your Recovery Area Checklist: What To Do
Preparing your recovery area is very important and can make
all the difference in the world. Searching
for Kleenex, medications, and even something to eat can expend a lot of energy
that you and your caretaker do not have to spare. Having all of the
necessary items on hand, within arms reach, can make your recovery more
pleasurable, or at the very least easier.
You should clean your house a few
days before your surgery so that you will have time to relax the night
before. This includes laundry, the kitchen, dishes, and the
bathroom you will be using.
If you have children, arrange for
them to be cared for by a family member if you can. The grandparents
may look forward to the visit and you could use the break the first
For your four legged "children",
arrange for your caretaker to take care of walks, cat box cleanings,
etc. If you cannot have them taken care of, be sure their
food is easily accessible. You will more than likely have to
bend down, but please do so with caution and bend at the knees
carefully. Remember to get up slowly and brace yourself for balance.
If you will not have someone to
prepare your every meal, have easy to cook (as in microwavable, or
easily heated) meals on hand. Or cook your own and freeze them
for heating up later. Choose healthful meals and snacks.
If you can, place all of your
needed foods and other items within easy reach, preferably at hip
level. Including your silverware and can opener!
Purchase several bags of frozen
peas, usually 3 "sets" of what you will require for icing. This
way you will always have a fully frozen set when you need it.
Remember to place the bags in the freezer at least the day before your
Make helpful lists which your
caretaker or significant other may need. This may include thermostat
settings, bill due dates, delivery dates, etc. Things that you
can not take care of in advance, but that you usually take care of,
may be confusing to others.
Place the toiletries you will need,
such as extra toilet paper, within reach so that you do not have to
reach, bend over, or climb up to get them.
Have an area set up on your
nightstand for your medications, with a medication organizer (with day
and time dose compartments), and a written back up schedule/check
Place several bottles of bottled
water and plain, low sodium crackers on your nightstand.
Place your vomit pail (coffee tub
with lid) within easy reach as well.
Place Wetnaps, Kleenex and a roll
of paper towels within reach.
Place a digital thermometer near
the bed so that you will be reminded to take your temperature.
It is a good idea to assign a time schedule for your readings, for
instance before you take your AM and PM medications. Write this
on your checklist.
Make sure your remote controls have
fresh batteries, or are fully charged.
Rent or download movies, video
games, purchase books or magazines, or download digital or audio books
in advance so that you will have something to do when you are not
Have your cellphone, charger cord,
and a power supply nearby as well. You can use your cellphone in
an emergency and also to call or text for your caretaker.
Have your MP3 player and earbuds
nearby with its charger as well
Set up your bed with plenty of
pillows including body pillows or "husband" pillows if you have any.
if you have a recliner, you may wish to sleep there instead.
Place an extra blanket or throw
easily within reach.
Although you will be spending all
of your time in a compression garment, you may want to wear
comfortable pajamas or sweats over them. Again, tops which
close via buttons or snaps will be easiest for you.
If you wear slippers, make sure they
have grip on the soles. If you choose to wear socks without grip,
take care when walking on slippery surfaces.
Make sure your laptop is charged and
that you have a power supply nearby. Especially if you are going
to document your experience for a journal.
Make sure you have your digital
camera fully charged and has an empty memory stick (or disposable camera).
Make a list of your emergency
numbers for your caretaker, or for you, to find easily in the event
that you might need them.
Appointment Preparation List (PDF)
The below list will help you
prepare and remember what you may wish to speak to your surgeon about
Appointments are for the surgeon to gauge your progress and assess
any further needs you may have to improve your results or
experience and for you to share your thoughts, or express concerns about your outcome. Here are some
tips you may find useful to help you prepare for these
pain & discomfort
exercise or activity
Don't be afraid to discuss any
concerns you may have or any dissatisfaction you may be feeling.
Remember that you are still
healing and will continue to heal for several months before you
can judge your outcome. Some complications or undesirable
attributes can be seen within a few weeks whereas some may
take a few months. Please see our
Message Board for support from liposuction patients
who have had or are presently experiencing similar feelings.