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Pre-Operative & Post-Operative Instructions

Pre & Post-Operative Instructions McAllen

General Pre-Operative & Post-Operative Instructions

All Procedures Preoperative:

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  • Use and bring rescue inhaler for asthma
  • Gastric reflux history – take Pepcid morning of and night before surgery
  • No food after midnight for morning surgery
  • Only 6AM clear liquids for afternoon surgery
  • Shower with antibacterial soap night before and morning of surgery day
  • Wear loose-fitting pants, front closure shirt, slip on shoes and socks
  • All piercing removed. Leave jewelry and valuables at home
  • Wear glasses instead of contact lenses
  • No alcohol or recreational drugs for at least 48 hours before surgery
  • Need adult caregiver for 24 hours after surgery
  • May take regular prescriptions (especially blood pressure medications) with just a sip of water the morning of surgery (do not take oral diabetes medications)
  • Remove nail polish from one finger on each hand
  • Please arrive at your given time – be prepared to arrive earlier if called in
  • No make-up, creams, or lotions
  • Have caregiver read “Recipe for Success”
  • Need phone number to reach you after surgery for follow-up call in the AM & PM
  • No over the head clothing
  • Patients having lipo or tummy tuck need waterproof protection for car seat and bed at home
  • If having facial surgery: Bring sunglasses to wear; Wash hair, and do not use hair spray, gel, or any other hair products
  • When having tummy tuck, start Colace the day before surgery and fleet enema the evening before surgery
  • Gluteal implant patients take fleet enema in the AM day of surgery


  • For nausea, drink 1 tbs of Coke every 15 minutes for 1 hour, then lay flat. Use prescribed suppositories at first sign of nausea
  • Avoid drinking plain water after surgery on day 1 to minimize nausea – Sprite or 7Up better
  • Ice 20 minutes on and 40 minutes off away from incisions. Breast lifts and tummy tucks must avoid ice because of constricting blood vessels that threaten skin viability
  • Wound care: Leave Hypafix tape in place. Specific instructions given as needed
  • Take pain pill at first sign of pain as local anesthesia begins to wear off
  • Take and complete all antibiotics as directed
  • Antiviral medications for facial and labia surgery as per PCP orders for history of herpes
  • No other over-the-counter medications without instructions
  • If pain pills are not helping, call us before taking more than the recommended dosage.
  • Scars take up to one year to heal and must be kept out of the sun
  • Avoid sun bathing and tanning beds for 2 weeks. Keep scars out of sun until pink color is gone and scar is white (6-12 months)
  • If instructed to take Aleve after surgery (2 tabs in AM & PM), you may add Extra-Strength Tylenol over 6 hours as needed
  • If clear OpSite dressings accumulate fluid/moisture, release the bottom of the dressing to allow the moisture to drain
  • Sleep in any position. Facial surgery patients must keep head elevated. Butt augmentation patients must keep weight off butt.
  • Leave garments on until instructed to remove
  • Lipo & tummy tuck patients – numbness is normal in treated areas for up to 1 year. Take Benadryl for sleep or itching.
  • Chin lipo patients may loosen chinstrap for head bandage if short of breath of headache
  • Call for significant one-sided swelling
  • Keep splint dry
  • Use milk of magnesia for constipation if no BM by 2nd day after surgery. Start Miralax for constipation if no BM by 3rd day after surgery.
  • It is not uncommon to have more pain on one side than the other. Be suspect of increased swelling on one side larger than a cup size difference.

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