Guidelines before treatment:
Do not eat, drink or smoke at least 6 hours before surgery.
Do not wear any jewellery.
Do not take any blood thinning (Marcoumar, Sintrom) or anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen for 10 days before surgery.
The morning of your procedure, shower and wash your surgical areas with desinfectant soap (iso-Betadine, Hibiscrub, Dettol). After your shower do not wear any moisturizers, oils, creams, or lotions or deodorant.
The morning of your procedure you may brush your teeth, but do not swallow more than a sip of water. If your surgeon allows you to take any prescribed medication, swallow it with a minimal amount of water.
It is recommended to stop smoking 4 weeks before the surgery.
Moderate alcohol consumption 2 weeks before the surgery, and stop alcohol consumption 1 day before the surgery.
Wear comfortable clothing on the day of surgery, ideally loose-fitting clothes that open in the front and comfortable flat shoes that slip on.
Bring with you a bathrobe and slippers.
Guidelines after treatment:
After surgery you will get a special garment. You will have to wear this garment during 4 weeks. After 48 hours it can be taken off for a quick shower.
The initial dressings have to be changed after 5 days.
The stitches will be removed after 2 weeks. This can be done either by us or at your own GP’s.
To reduce pain and swelling, you can use ice packs during the first 2 to 3 days after the surgery.
The following pain killers can be taken the first few days: paracetamol 1g tablet 8-hourly, ibuprofen 400mg tablet 8-hourly and if necessary tramadol 50mg tablet 8-hourly.
Three weeks after surgery the scars can be massaged twice daily for about 5 minutes. This is best done with a hydrating cream or a special scar cream.
Protect scars well from the sun for 1 year.
It is important to take enough rest after the procedure.
Sports: Sports that do not cause any shocks (like walking) can be practised after 1 week. Up to 6 weeks after surgery it is best not to practise more active types of sport (e.g. horse riding or jogging) or sports that involve a lot of arm movement (e.g. swimming).
Up to 8 weeks after the surgery, it is not recommended to visit a saunau or a wellness.
Make sure there is someone to drive you home after your surgery. You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours because of the medication you received during surgery.
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I wish you a quick recovery!