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SHOPPING LIST (Before Surgery)
- ☐ Prescriptions: Submitted to your pharmacy electronically. Contact your pharmacy to check if/when ready to pick up.
- ☐ Tylenol (Acetaminophen): Alternative to narcotic pain medication if pain is mild. Do not take in addition to narcotics. May alternate with Narcotics every 6 hours. (Do NOT take NSAIDS)
- ☐ Straws: Straws will aid in maintaining good hydration after surgery.
- ☐ Frozen Pea-Packs: Take a handful of frozen peas and place them in a small sandwich bag. Make multiple “pea-packs” to have on hand. These packs should be lightweight and will be placed on the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. DO NOT PLACE THEM ON THE NOSE.
- ☐ Vaseline Ointment: Used to keep nose well lubricated. (May use Aquaphor or UnPetroleum Jelly)
- ☐ Q-tips: Used to apply ointment and peroxide.
- ☐ Hydrogen Peroxide: Used for gentle cleaning of dried blood.
- ☐ Arnica (VitaMedica): An herbal supplement that can reduce bruising.
- ☐ Fresh Pineapples &/or Cold Pressed Pineapple Juice: Helps reduce swelling.
- ☐ Simply Saline OR Pretz Saline: Start using 10 days after surgery to improve breathing. DO NOT USE MEDICATED DECONGESTANT NASAL SPRAYS.
- ☐ Lozenges: Ease sore throat after surgery which can occur from mouth breathing &/or anesthesia tube. (Make sure there are no herbal ingredients)
- ☐ Humidifier: To moisten air for added breathing comfort.
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.
STARTING 2 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY (Extremely Important!)
- DIET change: Read, review and check the diet and supplement restrictions each time you eat or drink in order to reduce bleeding during surgery. Extremely Important!
- Medications to Avoid: Take only those medications approved or prescribed by your surgeon. Avoid medications containing NSAIDS like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Naproxen, others) for two weeks before and after surgery. These medications will increase bleeding. Avoid blood thinners like Coumadin or Plavix, etc. You should have discussed management of these with your doctors well before surgery
- Substances to Avoid: Avoid all alcohol and nicotine products. Caffeine may be consumed in moderation (1 cup of black tea or coffee is ok)
- Skin Health: Make sure you avoid sun exposure or skin products and treatments that irritate your skin. Your surgery may be cancelled if your skin shows signs of irritation, rash or sunburn*
- Stay Healthy: Avoid sick people or travel to reduce chances of getting sick before surgery. Your surgery may be cancelled depending on type and severity of illness.
NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY
- DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT OR SURGERY WILL BE CANCELLED*. Hydrate well before midnight. If you need to take vital prescription medications, take with a small sip of water.
- Set Up Home Recovery Area. This may include pillows, blankets, books, television, food and drinks, ice packs and anything else to assist with a comfortable recovery.
- Review location and time of arrival to surgery center. Arrival time is usually 90 minutes BEFORE surgery start time. Do not be late please.
DAY OF SURGERY
- Dress Comfortably: Dress in comfortable, clean, and loose-fitting clothes. Shirts that can be buttoned or zipped-up are preferred to avoid snagging the nose. You may bring headphones and listen to relaxing music to calm your nerves prior to surgery.
- Arrival to Facility: Have someone drive you to and from your designated surgery location. You cannot be released to UBER or a taxi alone. You must have an adult over 18 with you. Remember to bring a form of identification.
- Do NOT wear any lotion, sunscreen, mascara, makeup, gel nail polish or press-on nails, jewelry (remove all piercings), cosmetic creams, hair extensions, wigs or weaves.
- Shower and wash your hair and skin thoroughly with shampoo and soap. Rinse well.