- ☐ Prescriptions
Submitted to your pharmacy. Your pharmacy should contact you when ready to pick up.
- ☐ Stool softener (preferably MiraLAX)
Helps with constipation associated with narcotic pain relievers.
- ☐ Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
Alternative to narcotic pain medication if pain is not severe. Do NOT take NSAIDS.
- ☐ Arnica
Take 3 tablets, 3 times a day, starting 3 days before your procedure date.
- ☐ Hydrogen peroxide and cotton swabs
Used for gentle cleaning of the incisions.
- ☐ Vaseline, Carmex, or similar product
Used to keep lips moist and hydrated while healing.
- ☐ Antibiotic Ointment
Bacitracin or Neosporin ointment.
- ☐ Small child’s toothbrush
Allows for gentle teeth brushing without opening the mouth too large.
3-4 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY
- Obtain Medical Evaluation and Clearance. Make a visit to your primary care doctor to complete your medical evaluation and laboratory testing. Your surgeon may request for you to also be evaluated by a specialist. Please ensure any preoperative requests are completed 2 weeks before surgery.
- Work and Recovery Arrangements. Make any arrangements to be off from work or other strenuous activities while you are recovering from surgery. Have extra help available, particularly if caring for small children.
- Smoking. Tobacco, cigarettes and nicotine consumption will cause poor wound healing, longer healing times, and excessive scarring. We advise to discontinuing these products more than 4 weeks prior to surgery.
2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY
- Surgery Preop Appointment. You will come in for your preop appointment where you will review the surgery plan with your surgeon and go over logistical surgery details with your patient coordinator. Bring your questions as well as any individuals that will be part of your support and healing.
- DIET/SUPPLEMENT RESTRICTIONS. Avoid foods, drinks and herbal supplements than can increase risk of bleeding and bruising. Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Motrin, blood thinners, vitamin E, omega-3, fish oil, and alcohol. Use Tylenol in place of other over the counter pain medications.
- Fill Prescriptions. These may include antibiotics and/or pain medication for after surgery. Make sure you understand how and when to take all medications. We suggest keeping a note pad to keep track of the medications you have taken.
DAY OF SURGERY
- Dress comfortably: Do not wear nice clothing. Dress in comfortable, clean, and loosefitting clothes. Shirts that can be buttoned or zipped up are preferred.
- Eat before procedure: Please make sure to eat a meal prior to coming in for your procedure.
- Premedication: You will be advised to take 1-2 tablets of Valium about 1 hour prior to your procedure time. Bring the rest of your Valium and pain medications with you to the office the day of your surgery.
- Arrival and departure from office: Someone will need to drive you to and from the procedure (you cannot take a taxicab or Uber). You will be under the influence of sedatives and pain medications and will need a trusted individual to transport you.