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Published on Friday, March 2, 2018

Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions!

After taking your time to carefully consider the pros and cons of a surgical procedure, you’ve decided to go under the knife. While a successful surgery can improve your health or body image, an unsuccessful surgery can have a negative impact on your wellbeing. For this reason, it is crucially important to follow your surgeon’s pre and post-surgical instructions to ensure a favorable outcome.

Before your surgery, pre-operative testing may be performed to determine whether your body is fit for the operation. It is important to inform your surgeon of any allergies, medications, past experiences with anesthesia or family medical history that could impact the success of the procedure.

After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room where your vitals will be monitored as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Once you are discharged by a doctor, you can go home and begin the post-surgical instructions that they gave you. These instructions may include consuming or avoiding certain foods and liquids as well as doing stretches or exercises to increase blood flow.

Depending on the surgery, a full recovery can take several weeks and it may be necessary to take time off from work or school. Eating prohibited foods or pushing your body too hard can result in complications that can increase your recovery time or even lead to another surgery. With proper care before and after your procedure, you increase the chance of a successful surgery. Once your body has finished healing, you can return to your normal life feeling better than ever.

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Dr Ahmadi is member of American Board of Plastic Surgery

Houston Board Certified Plastic Surgeon