THE NIGHT BEFORE

  • Pack overnight and any additional day  (comfortable clothing)

  • Good shower and shampoo hair

  • For boys/men no facial hair

  • Brush/Floss Teeth and Gums, Swish with Peridex (oral antibiotic)

  • Do not eat after midnight

  • Drink plenty of fluids (Gatorade) before midnight

  • Start taking colace (stool softner)

THE MORNING OF SURGERY

  • 2 hours before you come to the hospital drink clear Gatorade

  • Brush Teeth and Gums.

  • Swish with Peridex (oral antibiotic)

  • Arrive at least 30-60 minutes before you are asked to come

AT THE HOSPITAL

  • Meet the anesthesiologist

  • I will see you before surgery and go over any questions

  • You will meet the plastic surgery residents who will care for you

  • Consents for Anesthesia, Surgery and Blood will be signed

AFTER SURGERY

  • The OR Nurse will call the family as soon as the surgery is done and I will meet with the family in the consultation room

      

  • Arrive earlier than expected

  • Be prepared to wait

  • Difficult to control the OR schedule with emergency cases, cancer surgery, transplants and your surgery.

  • Bring something to do to pass the time

  • Do not watch the clock.

IMMEDIATE RECOVERY IN THE HOSPITAL

  • Expect some bleeding from the mouth and nose

  • Expect some nausea and vomiting

  • Begin taking liquids the evening of surgery

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