ABDOMINOPLASTY / TUMMY TUCK - PREPARATION
If you are thinking of having surgery you should firstly try to get as close to your ideal weight as possible.
6 weeks before surgery
If you are a smoker you must stop in order to lessen the risks of complications during your recovery. Chest infection, wound infection and breakdown as well as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE) are more frequent if you continue to smoke up till the time of surgery.
If you taking blood thinning agents such as aspirin you should inform your surgeon at the consultation to decide if it is safe to stop any of these drugs.
Certain health supplements such as fish oil may increase the risk of excessive bleeding in susceptible people and you should stop taking them. Please inform and discuss this with your surgeon.
If you are taking the oral contraceptive pill, and it is feasible to stop and practise alternative contraceptive techniques, then this should be stopped at least 6 weeks before surgery. Please inform and discuss this with your surgeon.
2 weeks before surgery
Abdominal pressure garment. You will need to wear this constantly for 6 weeks after the surgery. Please inform my secretary about your hip and waist measurements in order that the correct sized garment can be ordered.
One day before surgery
If you are having a General Anaesthetic please ring the hospital for information about when you should come into hospital and when you should fast from. The usual fasting time is 6 hours before surgery. If your surgery is in the morning then you are usually asked to fast from midnight before your admission.
On the day of surgery
Remove all make ups from your face.
Hairs should be tied neatly in a bow.
Remove all valuables such as jewelleries, watch, ear rings and all metallic piercings and leave them at home.
Painting on nails should be removed.
Wear loose comfortable clothes and shoes.