Depending on the patient’s condition, rhinoplasty to reshape the nose for aesthetic purposes or to correct any breathing problems may well turn out to be a complicated procedure. There are a few things which you must do and pay attention to in order to safeguard a safe and favourable recovery.
Here is a list of things, as suggested by rhinoplasty experts, to prepare before you undergo your rhinoplasty procedure:
1) Begin Your Preparation At Least Four Weeks Prior To Your Rhinoplasty
You will receive an information brochure from your rhinoplasty surgeon which gives you a list of things to prepare. Your surgeon will advise you of the venue, date and time of the scheduled surgery, as well as the time you need to be at the venue before your rhinoplasty procedure. Plan well ahead so that you will not have any trouble taking time off from work. Make arrangements to get help with family and household responsibilities during the time you recover from surgery. Arrange for a family or friend to accompany you to the hospital, and to take you home after the procedure.
2) Avoid Taking Medication Containing Aspirin Or Ibuprofen At Least 14 Days Before Your Surgery
Abstain from taking any drugs that contain aspirin or ibuprofen, as these medication could inhibit blood clotting and indirectly cause bleeding problems both during and after your rhinoplasty surgery.
3) Check With Your Doctor Before Taking Any Herbal Supplements
You should check with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements. Do not assume that herbal products are safe because they are natural or organic. Many herbal supplements, especially St. John’s wort, have been known to interact with medications. If you can, avoid taking any herbal supplements altogether till you have recovered from your procedure.
4) Stop Smoking
Smoking significantly impairs your blood circulation and interferes with your body’s ability to heal. Smoking could also increase potential scarring. If you smoke, stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and after surgery. You may want to take this opportunity to quit smoking altogether.
5) Set Aside Money To Pay For Pre-Surgery Medical Checkup And Tests
To help your doctor to decide if you are medically fit to undergo rhinoplasty, he or she is likely to order a list of medical and laboratory tests that you need to take before your surgery. You are likely to have to undergo blood tests and possibly a chest x-ray before your surgery, to ensure that you do not have any medical conditions that may expose you to rhinoplasty risks and complications. These pre-surgery tests are normally an extra out-of-pocket expense.
6) Give Your Doctor And Anesthesiologist A Complete List Of Medication That You Take
Inform your surgeon and anesthesiologist of over-the-counter products, health and dietary supplements that you are currently taking. This is to prevent or minimize any interaction with the medication which is prescribed to you during and after the procedure. Stop using all recreational drugs well in advance of your surgery.
7) Inform Your Doctor If You Are Ill During The Weeks Before Your Procedure
This is because even a mild illness can weaken immunity and cause complications during the procedure and recovery process. Your doctor may then advise that you follow a specific diet, which may include vitamin supplements to boost your immunity.
By following the tips outlined above, you will give yourself the best preparation possible prior to your rhinoplasty procedure. This will help ensure a smoother and safer recovery from the operation.