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4 Weeks Before
• Make sure to visit with your primary doctor to obtain clearance for your procedure. Please give your doctor the preoperative orders that were provided to you by our office.
• Please stop all sun-tanning and tanning booths. This will help with the healing of your incision.
• Please stop smoking: smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. Please let us know if you cannot stop so that we can help you; otherwise major complications can happen.
• Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and try to avoid excessive salt.
• You may continue with your regimen if you exercise regularly. If not, we encourage you to start walking daily to decrease stress and anxiety, tone the heart and lungs and improve circulation. Please do not strain yourself. If you are seeing a physical therapist, you may continue to do so until your procedure but may not resume physical therapy afterward until cleared to do so by our office (after your first or second post-op appointment).
2 Weeks Before
• Confirm that all preoperative results have been faxed by your doctor to our office at 310.248.7395.
• Sign and return all forms to our office, especially the consent forms.
• Make arrangements for who will drive you to and from your procedure, as you cannot be picked up by a ride sharing service such as Uber, Lyft or a taxicab.
The Week Before
• Our office will call you to provide a check-in time and confirm the address of the facility where you will have your procedure and discuss any other pending items.
• Stop all forms of steroids and anti-inflammatory medications (like Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, Naproxen, etc.) as these medications may affect the way you heal. Please see “Medications to Avoid” section in our Recovery Guide for a complete list.
• Please be sure to gather any imaging onto a disc and mail it to our office one week prior to your procedure, even if Dr. Rasouli has already reviewed them with you.
• If you are a regular or heavy drinker, please try to cut down to a minimal level. If you cannot, please tell us as drinking can inhibit healing, cause bruising, and affect the way medicines are metabolized.
The Day Before
• If your procedure is at an outpatient surgery center, you will receive two phone calls — one from the anesthesiologist to talk about the planned anesthesia, and one to go over the procedure center’s check-in protocols.
• The night before, shower with a special liquid soap called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), which will destroy bacteria and minimize the risk of infection. CHG can be purchased at any pharmacy without a prescription. Please do not shave the area of your procedure. Do not set or style your hair.
• Please do not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before your procedure.
• It is a good idea to set out the clothes you plan to wear the next morning. Wear clean comfortable clothing that is loose fitting and buttons or zips at the front so that it is easy to take on and off. Wear flat slip on shoes.
• Please confirm your arrangements for transportation from the facility to your home. Do not drive your own car. Please remember you cannot take Uber, Lyft or a taxicab.
The Morning Of
• If you take blood pressure medication you may take it with a sip of water that morning.
• Remove all piercings you may have and leave them at home.
• Do not wear makeup, lipstick, moisturizer, deodorant, nail polish, gel or acrylic nails.
• Do not wear contacts. If you wear glasses, please remember to bring a case.
• Please do not wear any jewelry or bring any valuables to your procedure.
• Brush your teeth and rinse with mouthwash, but do not swallow any water or liquids.
The First Few Days After
• You’ll be prescribed pain control medications to take home with you. Take them as prescribed. You can contact us for refills. Please be sure to review our pain medication and pain management policy thoroughly.
• We will give you extra dressings with which to go home. Please change the dressings daily. The nursing staff will show you how. Keep changing the dressings daily until you see us for your post-operative appointment.
• Please avoid soaking in standing water until cleared to do so by us.
• We do not recommend applying any medications, ointments, or lotions to the incision until you see us for your post-operative appointment.
• For complete information about the recovery process, please reference our Recovery Guide.
• You can shower as soon as you wish after your procedure. You may shower with the dressings on as long as you change them when you come out of the shower. Remove the gauze, pat the area dry, and replace the gauze with a fresh one.
• Walk as much as you can and as early as you can after your procedure.
• Swelling and irritation of the surgical site will continue for the first three to five days. Pain may also worsen over the first few days.
• Bags of ice or frozen peas applied over the dressings can really help in the first one to two weeks. Please avoid direct contact with the skin around the incision.
• You may have small bandages called “steri-strips” across your incision. They will start to come off on their own. If not, we will remove them in clinic during your first post-op appointment. Do not attempt to remove the strips yourself.
• For complete information about the recovery process, please reference our Recovery Guide.
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