Guidelines before treatment:

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke for 6 hours preceding surgery.

  • Start taking ARNICA 5 CH 3 tablets 8-hourly 2 days before surgery until 1 week after surgery.

  • Do not wear make-up or nail varnish.

  • Please 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 makeup, moisturizers, oils, creams, or lotions.

  • 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 a bathrobe and slippers.

Guidelines after treatment:

  • In order to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling you are advised to sleep on 2 pillows.

  • After surgery packings are put into the nose. These can be removed after 1 day. Your nose can also be splinted. This splint will need to stay in place for 1 week to 10 days. After the splint has been removed you may blow your nose again.

  • In case of stitches, these can be removed after 7 to 10 days.

  • To reduce pain and swelling, you can use ice packs during the first 2 to 3 days after the surgery.

  • The following medication may be taken as pain killers the first few days: paracetamol 1g 8-hourly and ibuprofen 600mg 8-hourly. This can be combined with tramadol 50mg 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. Ask your chemist for advice.

  • 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.

I wish you a quick recovery!

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me!

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